COVID-19: Resources for Teens

COVID-19: Resources for Teens

Getting the Right Start 

Knowing the warning signs of potential mental health issues is essential. These can include things like feeling very sad or withdrawn for over two weeks or sudden, overwhelming fear for no reason. If you are worried about yourself or another, tell someone, like a family member or close friend. Getting help early for mental health matters in keeping your life on track. Keep in mind that it can take a while to get an appointment with a specialist. Look in your community for peer and support groups - you are not alone! SOURCE: NAMI

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GRITX

GritX is a mental health platform specifically designed for teens and young adults. It empowers users to take their mental health and wellness into their own hands. Learn how to express yourself, connect with others, and discover your own grit. GritX includes a wide variety of tools and resources for you to choose from, such as self-care toolkit, skills studio, sketchbook, and take a breath. Don't know where to start? GritXpeditions can help you chart your course of action and offer real, practical tools for meeting the challenge.

SOURCE: GritX

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Managing Stress

When stress and pressure become too intense or overwhelming – or last too long – it can become a problem for your physical and emotional health, disrupt your daily life and have an impact on academic or work performance. Here are 7 feasible tips to manage stress:

  • Take care of yourself by eating well & sleeping enough
  • Give yourself a break: schedule study breaks, exercise, and time to connect with friends
  • Practice relaxation & find what works for you
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol
  • Keep it in perspective & focus on what you can control
  • Talk to someone about your experience with stress.

SOURCE: The Jed Foundation

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Reducing Loneliness

Tips for reducing loneliness & maintaining social connection during COVID-19:

  • Start the day with a virtual coffee date with a friend or loved on
  • Set up a virtual book or movie review club
  • Organize a virtual story time or read along with extended family
  • Get creative with poems, articles, or comics!
  • Call up an old friend through a phone or video chat and catch up
  • Get some group texts going with your network of support people so you can help each other keep going strong. 

SOURCE: teenmentalhealth.org

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