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Mental Health MindfulnessCovid-19 Counseling Hotline 855-661-9191
Worried and overwhelmed because of COVID-19?
The COVID-19 helpline provides emotional support for individuals
affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in East Tennessee.
Call 855-661-9191 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

KIDS AND STRESS - TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease
Talking to your kids about the coronavirus can seem overwhelming, but avoiding the subject altogether could increase the stress and anxiety they already feel. To combat this challenge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published some recommendations to help adults have honest conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

Discussing Coronavirus with Your Children
It's natural for children to have questions about the pandemic and for parents to attempt to shield them from reality. But experts say that taking that approach will make it worse because even the youngest of children can perceive emotional changes in the family and assume the worst. This article will help adults find healthy ways to provide sensitive and responsive caregiving while addressing their children’s questions and concerns.

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
In times of crisis and uncertainty, children look to adults for reassurance and guidance on how to adjust to the new normal. This article, published by the National Association of School Psychologists, offers tips on how to talk openly to kids about the coronavirus and empower them with facts and a sense of control to reduce their fears and anxieties. 

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus Crisis
The COVID-19 crisis leaves many parents wondering how to speak to their kids about the virus without scaring them. The experts at the Child Mind Institute offer professional advice on how adults can talk to children about the impact of the pandemic in a way that is honest yet reassuring.

Unstuck!: 10 Things to Do to Stay Safe and Sane During the Pandemic
It isn't always easy for kids to express their feelings in a healthy way during times of change and uncertainty. This activity book offers journal prompts and activities to help drive conversations about the novel coronavirus and help kids express emotions, and cultivate creativity and gratitude.

A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus
 It's understandable why kids have so many questions about COVID-19 and all the changes that are happening in their lives. To help parents talk to their kids about the pandemic, the American Psychological Association has published a colorful, easy-to-follow book to designed to help your kids navigate anxiety they might be feeling around the pandemic.

The ABC’s of COVID-19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents
Talking about the coronavirus can be hard, so CNN and Sesame Street teamed up to host a town hall to help children and parents understand some of the bigger issues surrounding the novel coronavirus. The ABC’s of COVID-19 is hosted by CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Erica Hill, along with Sesame Street’s Big Bird, with special appearances from Elmo and Abby Cadabby.

COVID-19 and Diverse Families with Dr. Earl Turner and Dr. Wizdom Powel
In the second Facebook Live of the American Psychological Association's Parenting in the Age of COVID-19 series, Dr. Turner and Dr. Powell discuss COVID-19 and challenges faced by diverse families.

Advice for caregivers of children with disabilities in the era of COVID-19
The American Psychological Association has published guidance for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities while addressing their unique challenges. Research by psychologists offers solutions to help families, caregivers and children cope with the disruption of important services and other treatments due to the pandemic.  

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19 Handout
It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. Acknowledging some level of concern, without panicking, is appropriate and can result in taking the necessary actions that reduce the risk of illness. Teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection can help reduce anxiety.