Four Things You Can Do to Support Your Teen’s Mental Health

This is guidance for parents to help them deal with their teenagers’ mental health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The four things parents can do are:

  1. Encourage them to share their feelings
  2. Take the time to support them
  3. Work through conflict together
  4. Care for yourself

Source: Four Things You Can Do to Support Your Teen’s Mental Health

    Infographics on COVID-19 and Mental Health

    These infographics from the World Health Organization address issues of mental health during the time of COVID-19. These are part of a series of infographics from WHO which can be found on the same page.

    Source: Infographics on COVID-19 and Mental Health

      Countering Stigmatization in the Humanitarian Response to COVID-19

      Stigma related to mental health and COVID-19 can exacerbate pre-existing conditions or lead to new mental health and psycho-social problems for individuals, families, and communities.

      Many humanitarian crises affect people who are traveling or who are displaced and already experiencing significant stigmatization from the host communities where they reside. Host communities have often accused displaced populations of bringing crime and disease, leaving them isolated and more vulnerable to mental health and psycho-social problems. This can exacerbate negative perceptions of—and violence against—those who have or are believed to carry the virus.

      This report highlights key findings and recommendations outlined in a webinar and roundtable event hosted by the InterAction Protection Working Group in July 2020.

      Source: Countering Stigmatization in the Humanitarian Response to COVID-19

        How to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety During Pregnancy

        Around the world, the rapid spread of the coronavirus and attempts to slow down the virus’s spread have led to dramatic shifts in day-to-day life and routines. Everyone feels uneasy by the news, not to mention the social distancing guidelines which require us to adopt self-isolation. These are stressful times. But for moms-to-be, there are additional concerns, too.

        Source: How to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety During Pregnancy

        • Dibyendu
        • Halder

        Mental Health & COVID-19

        WHO, together with partners, is providing guidance and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic for health workers, managers of health facilities, people who are looking after children, older adults, people in isolation and members of the public more generally, to help us look after our mental health.

        Further materials relating to looking after our mental health during the COVID pandemic will be added to this page as they become available.

        Source: Mental Health & COVID-19

          COVID-19 and Mental Health in Children

          This animated video, produced by Save The Children Nepal, explains the various signs of mental distress in children due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the video, parents should watch for their children exhibiting quick temper, panic, restlessness, changes in appetite, shyness, loss of interest, or other behaviors which would reflect poor mental health.

          Source: COVID-19 and Mental Health in Children

          • Ayush Joshi
          • ayushjoshi4@gmail.com

          Talking to Children about Illness and Death of a Loved One during the COVID-19 Pandemic

          In the midst of the devastating death toll and hospitalizations from COVID-19, the psychological effect of the pandemic on children has been sadly overlooked.

          The overwhelming media coverage and barrage of public health messages sustain a high level of physical and emotional threat within our communities, which is intensely observed by children. Age-appropriate explanations are paramount to ensure children have a coherent narrative and emotional support for their experiences. This article offers some guidelines on talking to children about these issues.

          Source: Talking to Children about Illness and Death of a Loved One during the COVID-19 Pandemic

            Basic Psychosocial Skills: A Guide for COVID-19 Responders

            This Guide aims to help orient people supporting the COVID-19 response to integrate psychosocial support skills into their daily work, thereby making a difference to the well-being of people they come into contact with during the pandemic. More specifically, the Guide is intended for health and social workers; emergency responders; people working in food stores, public transport, funeral parlours and pharmacies; employers and managers; and people who are providing support to vulnerable family members or members of their community.

            The illustrated chapters provide practical advice for taking care of one’s own mental well-being, communicating with empathy, and helping people suffering from stress or severe distress. Case studies and tips to remember are included throughout.

            Source: Basic Psychosocial Skills: A Guide for COVID-19 Responders

            • Tyler Best
            • tylerbest@jhu.edu

            Animated Video about COVID-19 and Kindness

            This video uses characters from the movie “Despicable Me” who let their love and kindness show and show ways to keep themselves and their communities safe during this unprecedented time.

            Source: Animated Video about COVID-19 and Kindness

              Gender Norms and the Coronavirus

              There is now emerging a wealth of commentary on the gendered implications of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. We know that crises can spur new ways of behaving, sometimes leading to shifts in gender norms and underpinning sustained change towards gender equality. But with the fast spreading coronavirus pandemic many gender inequalities have already been intensified as existing discriminatory and harmful norms continue or worsen in the face of change such as violence against women, which has intensified globally under lockdowns and in the face of economic stress.

              ALIGN is currently analysing what leads to shifts in gender norms both during and after crises to enhance knowledge and innovation among our community, and we will be sharing new resources as they become available. Highlighted on this site are resources produced by ALIGN and their partners relating to Covid-19 (and non-communicable diseases more broadly) and gender norms.

              Source: Gender Norms and the Coronavirus