Youth and Family COVID-19 Resources

Every day there’s more and more news about COVID-19. The uncertainty can be unsettling for ourselves and for our kids. It’s the job of the grown-ups to be taking care of ourselves so that we’re able to help our kids stay regulated in the midst of big worries and changes in routines. Practicing self-care isn’t easy. Here are a few things you can do to help yourself to be best prepared to help your kids:

Here’s of some of Youth Service’s favorite online resources for young people that have been helping us navigate the new waters and stressors of social distancing.

  1. Free Apps
  2. Storytime & Distance Learning
  3. Virtual Arts & Adventures
  4. Get Moving!
  5. Podcasts & Youtube Channels
  6. Social Emotional Learning Activities


  • Headspace: For the next few months, there will be a free section in the app called weathering the storm, available to everyone. It includes meditation, sleep, and movement exercises designed to help guide you through this. It is a great way of helping you find some space and kindness for yourself, and those around you.
  • Disneynature Explore: (Ages 6+) Free, interactive nature-education app. Some of this “augmented reality” app’s activities are intended for kids to do outside with a caregiver and mobile device; others can be done inside, through exploring the habitats and lives of animals.
  • GoNoodleMovement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!

Here are places to stay up to date on your mental health and other needs

  1. Mental Health
  2. Financial & Nutritional Supports


  • Us! Youth Services staff are all still here by phone with some newly added video conferencing technology. Give us a call, we’ll set something up with you!
  • Friday Fri-YAY Parent group: 8pm on Friday Our very own Sarah Dufresne hosts a Mansfield Parents’ Group to catch up with some faces you miss and get some support in being a parent in the time of COVID-19. Head to facebook for the link to join the GoToMeeting chat.
  • Dial 2-1-1 select option 1 for Connecticut’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Services
  • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: Call (800) 985- 5990 that provides 24/7, 365-day-a- year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ support): Call 1-866-488-7386 or go to their site for additional text/chat options
  • NAMI Crisis Text Line: Text 741741
  • NAMI hosts online communities where people can exchange support and encouragement.
    • NAMI Daily Young Adult Connect Videoconferencing: NAMI is offering daily NAMI Young Adult Connection Community Videoconferencing Check-In meetings because we understand the need for young adults to connect, check in, and talk about what’s going on. The meetings will start at 3:30PM Eastern Time. Please contact Val for Zoom meeting information. vlepoutre@namict.org   
  • SMART Recovery online groups: Feeling Overwhelmed or Anxious? Using Alcohol and Drugs to Cope? SMART Recovery peer groups help you develop self-management and coping skills to make positive changes in your life or help a loved one. FREE online groups (audio or video)
    • Ages 18 & up: Tuesday’s, 6pm-7:30 pm
    • Teens: Wednesdays, 4pm-5:30 pm
    • Family & Friends: Thursday’s, 6:30pm-8pm
  • Support Group Central: Offers virtual support groups on numerous mental health conditions - free or low-cost. Website also offered in Spanish.
  • Psych CentralOffers online mental health resources, quizzes, news, an “Ask the Therapist” function, and online support communities.