News about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is everywhere and concern over this virus can result in families feeling anxious. On March 13, 2020, Governor Doug Burgum declared a state of emergency for North Dakota in response to the novel COVID-19 public health crisis.
Parents, family members, and other trusted adults play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear.
Review the resources below to help guide your conversations.
Talking to Your Child about COVID-19 Based on Their Age:
- Early Childhood
- Middle School
- High School
- Dealing with Disappointment: Supporting Young Adults in Transition
- Sample Newsletter: Working from Home while Social Distancing
- Social Interaction while Social Distancing
- *NEW* Co-parenting During a Pandemic
Things to do at home:
- Order a FREE set of playing cards from Parents Lead!
- Follow our Pinterest Board for ideas
- Explore educational websites based on their age:
- Identifying Signs of Stress in your Children and Teens
- Maintaining Healthy Levels of Stress in Your Children
- Teen Suicide: Identifying Warning Signs and Ways to Respond
- Suicide Prevention
- Family Voices (aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities)
- Federation of Families (a parent-run organization focused on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral or mental disorders and their families)
- Find a regional human service center which offers behavioral health assessments and services.
- Call 2-1-1, a simple, free number that connects callers to information about health and human services.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255