We know our students and families are all coping with the uncertainty of COVID-19. These can cause emotions of fear, anxiety, stress and more. While we navigate these uncertain times there are a number of resources to help students and families cope with their emotional needs.
Links & Resources:
The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced the launch of a statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate staff who will be available 24/7 to assist Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs. The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational. The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.
Talking to you kids about COVID -19: A parents guide https://parents.cmionline.com/
- National Association of School Psychologists - Talking to Children About COVID-19: A resource for parents on how best to talk to children about the coronavirus.https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource
- Center for Disease Control - Managing Stress and Anxiety -https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
- SAMSHA - Tip Sheet on handling social distancing - https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a number of pandemic resources on their website that may help. Find them at https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters/pandemic-resources.
Families or students who find themselves in need of social and emotional supports during this challenging time may want reach out for additional supports. If you are in need of immediate support because you or a family member is in danger, please call 911. Other crisis supports are available see the list below:
Crisis & Community Mental Health Resources:
- Montgomery County Mobile Crisis – 1-855-634-4673Montgomery County Mobile Crisis provides not only immediate support for crisis situations, but also assistance with managing recurring or future crises. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-855-634-HOPE (4673). This service is available to anyone in Montgomery County, including children, teens, adults, and families.
- Montgomery County Peer Support or Teen Talk Line (hours: daily 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
- For Teens: Call 866.825.5856 Text 215.703.8411 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· For Adults: Call 855.715.8255
- Abington Hospital Crisis Service 215-481-2525- The Crisis Service program provides 24-hour crisis intervention services for individuals experiencing behavioral health emergencies. Crisis clinicians are available to provide comprehensive assessment and referral services. Services are provided either in the Crisis Service office or in the Emergency Trauma Center inpatient unit at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - https://www.chipcoverspakids.com/ApplyandRenew/Pages/Apply.aspx
- Eligibility: https://www.chipcoverspakids.com/Eligibility/Pages/default.aspx
- Compass: An online tool for helping Pennsylvanians to apply for health and human service programs and manage benefit information: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/public/cmphome
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español) SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746 SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746 TTY: 1-800-846-8517 Website (English): http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov Website (español): http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/ espanol.aspx
SAMHSA’s National Helpline Toll-Free: 1-800-662-HELP (24/7/365 Treatment Referral Information Service in English and español) Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Toll-Free (English): 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Toll-Free (español): 1-888-628-9454 TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889) Website (English): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Website (español): https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/en-espanol/
Domestic Violence: Laurel House is a domestic violence agency in Montgomery County, advocates are available 24/7 toll-free hotline (1-800-642-3150) for anyone wishing to talk about their relationship.. https://laurel-house.org/
Trevor Project Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Youth: 1-866-488-7386 https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
www.211.org To find the help you need