Coronavirus COVID-19 Response & Recovery
Children and adults watching the news, reading content on-line and in newspapers, and overhearing others talk about the current coronavirus pandemic, may feel scared, confused, or anxious. Some may react right away, while others may show signs that they are having a difficult time later. Every person can support wellness and healing by providing, teaching, and implementing the following five resilience strategies:
Resources for Families
during School Closure
Local District SHHS
Health & Wellness
Free Meals at Grab & Go Food Centers
Los Angeles Unified, in partnership with the Red Cross, will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools.
Our Grab & Go Food Centers are staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Each child can take home two nutritious meals.
To find the closest Grab & Go Food Center, please click here: https://achieve.lausd.net/resources
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Please know that you are not alone and we are all in this together. Here are some helpful resources
- Health Information and Facts
U.S. Department of Education: COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School PersonnelLos Angeles County Department of Public Health
California Department of Public Health
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Share Facts About COVID-19
Stop the Spread of Germs
Germ Awareness: Stay Healthy, Wash Your Hands
CDC Campaign: How to Wash Your Hands
COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment
- Mental Health & Coping with COVID-19
As we work together to raise awareness about mental health, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and prevent suicides, it is vitally important that we take care of ourselves. During this stressful time, we remind you all, to place an emphasis on your own self-care. Take time to breathe, meditate, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and take a break from the news and social media periodically. We encourage you to visit the EMM resource center where you will find self-care articles, graphics, and tips to share on social media.
Crisis Text Line (24/7):
Text LA to 741741
County of Los Angeles Resources:
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Line: 1.800.854.7771
Los Angeles County Community Resources Information Line: 2-1-1
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services:
Survivors of Suicide Attempts (SOSA): 424.362.2901
Survivors After Suicide (SAS): 424.362.2912 for (SAS) adults and 424.362.2911 for (SAS) teens.
Mental Health Association of San Francisco:
CA Peer-Run Warm Line
Toll Free: 1-855-845-7415
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Toll-Free: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Toll-Free (español): 1-888-628-9454
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889)
Veterans: press 1 or text 838255; Para español, oprima el numero 2
Website in English: https://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Website in Spanish: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/en-espanol
Teen Line: Call (310) 855-HOPE or (800) TLC-TEEN (nationwide toll-free) from 6pm to 10pm PST or Text "TEEN" to 839863 between 6:00pm-9:00pm PST to receive person teen-to-teen education and support.
The Peer-Run Warm Line: Call 1-855-845-7415 for peer-run non-emergency emotional support.
Trevor Project – Trevor Lifeline:
Toll Free: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
SMS: Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 (3pm-10pm, Monday-Friday)
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline:
Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746
Website in English: https://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov
Website in Spanish: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/espanol
Department of Mental Health:
Facing History and Ourselves- Coronavirus: Protect Yourself and Stand Against Racism:
• The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has guidance on managing mental health and coping
during COVID-19 for children and caregivers, as well as guidance for higher education
• The Child Mind Institute has published a resource on how to talk to young people about
• The Hope Center has outlined resources for supporting college students during this crisis.
• The American College Health Association has created a guide to help college health staff and
campus administrators address COVID-19 on campus.
• The World Health Organization (WHO) has information on travel, media resources, and other
research on COVID-19.
• Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides some
science-based strategies and tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety.
• Self-care experts recommend getting adequate sleep, eating well, and engaging in exercise,
among other tips for practicing good self-care.
Staying emotionally connected as a community even if we temporarily become more physically isolated is critical to all our mental health. Learn more at Community Connections in Times of Physical Separation.
California Youth Crisis Line:
Call or Text: 1-800-843-5200 (English and español)
- Resources for Parents/Caregivers
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
This guide provides information for parents and caregivers about the infectious disease COVID-19. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm likely anxieties. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family – both physically and emotionally – and what they can to do help their family cope.
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping students manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Parents/Guardians - How to talk to children/youth about the Coronavirus
- Additional Resources
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