Mental Health Resources regarding Covid-19

RESOURCES

Recognizing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children’s mental health, the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) joined forces with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) to launch HandholdMA.org, a new family-friendly website for parents and guardians of school-aged children who are concerned about their child’s mental health.

HandholdMA.org provides families with tips, tools, and resources designed to help them navigate their child’s mental health journey with confidence. The content, which is targeted to families with kids age 6-12 years, was developed by a team of mental health and child development experts as well as family and community partners. A creative team from IDEO Cambridge designed the user experience and branding.

The content on HandholdMA.org is organized in three main sections:

  • Should I worry? This section helps parents/guardians explore if their child is just being a kid or if their behavior is something to worry about. Families can learn about signs to look for and get suggestions on what to do next.
  • What can I do? These are tips, tools, and strategies that have worked for other families in the past and are things they can learn about or do from home.
  • Who can help? The final section includes carefully selected community organizations and government resources to help families find the right mental health services.

HandholdMA.org was developed with input from individuals representing the diversity of Massachusetts’ communities, and is available in six languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Vietnamese.


Denise Schwerzler MSN, RN, NCSN

Nurse for Weston MS

School phone: 781-786-5627, fax: 781-786-5629; School Address: 456 Wellesley St., Weston MA 02493

schwerzlerd@weston.org

Town of Weston Board of Health phone at Town Hall: 781-786-5030

Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 Information/Resources/Call Back Line: Dial 211 or go to mass211.org