Parent University | September 2020
Topic: COVID-19 and Your Health
This month's Parent University focuses on health issues during COVID-19, with a particular focus on mental health with a series of presentations by More Than Sad, presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
More Than Sad (MTS) has taught over a million students and educators how to be smarter about mental health. This version, created for parents and guardians, teaches how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child and get help.
The presentation also includes the film "Teen Depression," which is designed to demystify treatment and encourage students who are struggling to seek help (view a trailer of the film).
MTS is free but registration is required. Please see below for more information on how to register for one of the four sessions.
Virtual MTS presentations
We will be offering four More than Sad (MTS) presentations on the dates listed below. We ask that individuals interested in participating in these presentations register in advance. Once you complete the registration process, MTS will contact you 24 hours prior to the event and provide a link to the virtual Zoom session.
This presentation is best suited for families with middle and high school students.
For more information on MTS, contact:
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Additional COVID-19 health resources
Beyond the trauma of living through this global pandemic, we continue to see equity issues grounded in systemic racism throughout our country.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), regardless of your child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after experiencing a traumatic event. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How children react or common signs of distress can vary according to age.
- An article on racism from starr.org
- CDC tips on returning to school following a disaster
- National Association of School Pyschologists article on supporting students during stressful times
We have included these additional helpful resources below to provide more information on COVID-19.
- U.S Centers for Disease Control
- New York State Department of Health
- New York State Novel Coronavirus Hotline – 888-364-3065
Below are resources that address social-emotional needs of all stakeholders, including students, during an infectious disease outbreak.
- School Mental Health and Training Center
- NYS Office of Mental Health
- Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Below are resources that may be helpful in talking to children about COVID-19:
- Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- Fear of Coronavirus—A Good Time to Talk to Kids About Keeping Fears Realistic and ManageableTalking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
The National Association of School Psychologists offers a wide range of suggestions to help parents and guardians talk with children about COVID-19. These suggestions include remaining calm and assuring, making yourself available to young people, keeping explanations age-appropriate, avoiding excessive blaming, monitoring television and social media exposure, maintaining a normal routine to the extent possible, being honest and accurate, knowing the symptoms of COVID-19, reviewing and modeling basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection, and discussing new rules or practices for school.
Talking to Kids About Coronavirus, an article from The Daily Reporter
Talking to young children about masks, an article from The New York Times