COVID-19 Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families

Help your family cope with emotional responses to COVID-19 by learning how to recognize the signs of pandemic stress and knowing what actions to take.

The experience of children, teens, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic can be complicated and challenging. Some families will experience job losses and financial worries about basic necessities, such as housing, food, and insurance. Parents, children, and teens may lose contact with friends and family due to school closures and social distancing measures. They may worry about older adults or other family members who might have a bigger risk of serious

Washington State's COVID-19 Behavioral Health Group and Behavioral Health Strike team have developed a toolbox that provides tips on how to understand emotional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The toolbox highlights behaviors and responses for age-specific groups including (1) toddlers/preschool children, (2) school-age children, and (3) teens. Each age-specific section includes information on common emotional responses, helping children heal and grow, and managing feelings and behaviors children may experience.

The document also provides information on the impacts of disasters on education as well as self-care recommendations for parents and caregivers. Click here to open the COVID-19 Behavioral Health Toolbox.

The Behavioral Health Strike Team includes seven doctoral-level psychologists, one psychiatrist, and one Board Certified Couple and Family Psychologist.

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