If your child is having a Mental Health Emergency please call:
Lehigh County Crisis at 610-782-3127 or Northampton County Crisis at 610-252-9060.
You can also call a toll free number 1-855-501-6785 for help on homelessness, food insecurity, Mental Health Counseling, Health Care Services, and/or Youth and Childcare Programs.
ADVICE FOR THIS COVID-19 TIME from Kidspeace
- Recognize that your anxiety is completely normal – school closures and alarming headlines produce anxious feelings. Did you know professionals have “long recognized that anxiety is a normal and healthy function that alert us to threats and helps us take measures to protect ourselves”?
- Create distractions – There are things that we CAN do something about, and those we CAN’T do something about. Right now there are a lot of things we can’t do something about. Seek to strike a balance and find relief, do homework, watch your favorite movie, or read a book.
- Find new ways to connect with your friends – Social distancing got you down? Try social media. Everyone knows teens are a creative bunch. Look to find a safe, fun, digital way to pull in your friends.
- Focus on you – Focusing on yourself and finding ways to use your new found time is a productive way to look after your mental health.
- Feel your feelings – Missing out on team sports or special events is disappointing. For adolescents these are “large-scale losses”. It’s okay to recognize these missed opportunities as upsetting, and it’s okay to “let your sad out”.
- Be kind to yourself and others – Now more than ever we need to be thoughtful about what we share or say that may hurt others.
Check out the full article here… https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-teenagers-can-protect-their-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19
And don’t forget, KidsPeace offers TeenCentral.com, a safe, anonymous and free website providing teens an opportunity to share their “story” and explore available resources.
PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The Department of Human Services has launched a statewide Support & Referral Helpline available 24/7. The helpline is designed to assist individuals struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 situation and refer them to community-based resources that can also help. The toll-free, 24/7 support line is 1-855-284-2494. For, TTY, dial 724-631-5600.