COVID-19 has disrupted many social networks for youth, including school closures and restricted access to their peer groups. During this time, youth may also feel that they are shouldering their families’ anxieties and concerns, but there are ways to help support young people during challenging times.
According to the CDC, children and adolescents experience and process traumatic events differently from adults. As a result, many organizations are helping youth stay engaged and maintain positive outlooks during COVID-19. Finding constructive and developmentally appropriate means of managing stress can help individuals, families and communities maintain and improve their physical and emotional health. Below is a list of websites and resources by reputable child and adolescent-focused organizations which can assist coalitions in supporting the well-being of their youth.
The following resources are not generated or maintained by CADCA and are offered only as reference.
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry COVID-19 Resource Library
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Caring for Children in a Disaster Website
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources for Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources for Supporting Children During Coronavirus
- Ready.gov Kids Emergency Planning Website
- The University of Massachusetts Medical School COVID-19 Resources for Youth
- UNICEF Tips of Engaging Youth in the COVID-19 Response
- University of Washington Information for Youth Programs about COVID-19
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