The following resources provide information on how to talk to children about the current situation, as well as guidance on coping with stress and other related challenges. If your child is experiencing significant mental health symptoms or in the event of a serious concern about a student (i.e. self-harm, suicidal thoughts/threats, severe anxiety, Child Protection situation, etc.), please call local emergency personnel. Information regarding walk-in services available through CarePlus of NJ is also included.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and other organizations have created helpful resources that are included below. Here are some key things to remember:
Experts advise us to reassure children that they are at a lower level of risk.
The best thing they can do is wash their hands and try to avoid the spread of germs. This can give them a sense of control over their own well-being.
Talk to your children and acknowledge their fears and concerns. Let them know it's OK to talk about it.
Children look to adults for guidance on how to react in stressful situations. If an adult is overly worried, children’s anxieties may rise.
Monitor your child’s exposure to television and social media. Avoid watching or listening to information that might be upsetting if they are present.
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Preparedness and Planning
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Child Mind Institute
Daily tips, live facebook chats with clinicians, comprehensive resources for parents
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA)
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health Services for Families
Open Access team will schedule first appointments via phone at 201.986.5000, thereby providing an opportunity for limiting person to person contact.
Work-Home-School Guidance (3-16-20)
Current guidance from the CDC on how we can all prevent the spread of the disease.
Dr. Barbara Stroud