In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to encourage parents and teens to spend more time doing things together (you’re all already at home, right?), have more conversations, and take care of each other.

Here is a list of resources for you to use during this COVID-19 time:

  • AMAZE has the following resources:
    • #AskAMAZE video for young people on mental health during social distancing. The new #AskAMAZE rapid response series is an entry point for other videos on depression, social anxiety, and mood swings during puberty.
    • #AskableParent Challenge launches on Monday, April 6th. The 6-day newsletter program features free resources to help parents navigate kids’ questions as they adjust to more time at home and social distancing. They will be hosting a virtual parent happy hour with sexuality expert Logan Levkoff, a Facebook Live with tips on how to add context to the porn kids will inevitably watch featuring Melissa Carnagey of Sex Positive Families, mental health tips from experts, and more!

Mindfulness

  • Calm App: Offers free meditations, sleep podcasts, mindfulness resources, calming noises, and movements for adults and kids
  • Headspace: Meditation app currently offering a collection called Weathering the Storm, with free access for anyone. They also offer  free access for all K-12 teachers, school administrators, supporting staff in the U.S, and health care professionals.
  • Breathe2Relax:This is an app created by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology to teach people how to do diaphragmatic breathing. They offer videos on the stress response, stress trackers, and customizable guided breathing sessions.

Mental Health

  • Talkspace: Talkspace connects users virtually with a licensed therapist. They offer messages or video therapy sessions. Plans are customizable and range from $65 to $100 per week, but there are no contracts and you can cancel your plan anytime.
  • ACT Coach:This app focuses on mindfulness, and was created by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs to guide users in managing negative thoughts and feelings.
  • Youper: This is an app focused on improving emotional health. It uses AI technology to provide quick conversations and self-help tools to take control of your emotional well-being. It does not provide diagnosis, medical or professional care.

Kids

  • Caribu: Caribu connects kids on virtual “playdates” with on-screen activities. Their service is usually $7 a month.
  • Sling TV : Sling TV offers free programming with thousands of movies and shows for kids and families. There is no sign-up necessary, so to access this platform just go to their website.
  • GoNoodle:  is a kid-oriented entertainment company that has created a free online resource for parents during this time. The resource, Good Energy at Home, has learning materials used in elementary schools, movement, mindfulness, and printable activity sheets.
  • Outschool: Outschool offers free, live online video classes for students ages 3-18 affected by public school closures. Their classes cover English, math, social studies, science, coding, health and wellness, music, art, and world languages.
  • Scholastic:  free Learn at Home program with 20 days worth of material to keep students on a positive learning track while schools are closed. The lessons are three hours long and can be completed on any device.

Physical Movement

  • Peloton: Peloton offers an extended 90-day trial to their app, which offers workout classes even if you don’t have a Peloton bike.
  • Planet Fitness: This gym chain is live-streaming workout classes on their Facebook page every day at 4 p.m. PT.
  • POPSUGAR Fitness: Offers free workouts of every kind!

Let’s use this time to create stronger family connections!

By Julia Dworsky and Javiera Monardez

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