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Back in School: For Teachers

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Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in K-12 Schools

This COVID-19 guidance for school administrators outlines strategies for K-12 schools to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain safe operations.

School Wellbeing Toolkit

The School Wellbeing Toolkit, developed by the UCLA Pritzker Center, is a resource created for teachers and school staff to practice self-care and support the wellbeing of their school community.

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When Students Talk about Suicide (PDF Guide)

As a teacher, you may be the one person in a student’s life with whom they feel safe to talk about their thoughts of suicide. Educators often worry they will not know the right thing to say. This guide, developed by the DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence may help you feel more comfortable talking about suicide.

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When Students Talk about Suicide (Video)

How can you provide support when a student demonstrates signs or talks about suicide? Watch this video from the DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence to learn tips for approaching delicate conversations regarding suicide prevention.

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Learning “I” Statements

Use this handout with your students to teach them to phrase statements in a way that shares personal perspective and reduces external feelings of judgment or blame.

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Guide To Effective Communication Skills

Use this handout in class to introduce students to effective communications skills, including reflecting openly, making clarifying statements, and asking for more information when needed.

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Supporting Students in Distress

In this video, DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence Trainer and Curriculum Developer, Domenique Harrison, MA, MPH interviews Pamela Vona, MPH, MA, Director of the Center for Safe and Resilient Schools and Workplaces, on helpful communication tips educators can use during this time.

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Supporting Students Who Are Worried and Anxious

In this video, DMH + UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence Trainer and Curriculum Developer, Domenique Harrison, MA, MPH interviewsDr. John Piacentini from the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety and ResilienceEducation and Support (CARES), on the ways teachers, parents/caregivers, and students can learn to identify and respond to anxiety symptoms and provides strategies to help combat stress.

Transition Back to School

A handbook for parents and teachers to help guide students transitioning back to school after the COVID-19 hiatus - what to do now, how to prepare for the transition, tracking a student’s progress, and more.

For Parents & Caregivers

Bright Horizons

Experts and educators created these user-friendly resources with working parents in mind. You will find resources here for children, families, and caregivers on how to be healthy and resilient.

How Toxic Stress Affects Us and What We Can Do About It

This video helps us be the parents we want to be. It talks about how toxic stress affects us and what we can do about it.


Resources for parents to support their kids. Provides videos, texts, and exercises to help children cope with stress and anxiety, and learn about resilience.

123 Sesame Street: Resilience

Everyday life is full of challenges big and small! Here you will find tools to help your children overcome obstacles, learn, and grow.

123 Sesame Street: For Military Families

Here are some great resources to help Military families find ways to listen, talk, and connect.

Reading Tip Sheets for Parents

This tip sheet helps parents learn about reading to your kids and supporting literacy at home.

Help Your Kids Manage Their COVID-19 Anxieties With These Quick Tips

Watch for tips to help parents and caregivers manage children's fears and stress during COVID-19.

For Kids

Tools for Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Children

Children and youth are dealing with new challenges due to COVID-19, like social distancing, changes to their routines, and a lost sense of security and safety, making them especially vulnerable to feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. To help, explore these resources created to promote the mental and emotional wellbeing of children and youth – during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is an Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website that streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.

Dav Pilkey at Home: Author of Captain Underpants

Children can read, draw, create, and watch videos with Dav Pilkey. This website offers some creative entertainment at home.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Cosmic Kids is a YouTube channel that provides engaging, kid-friendly yoga exercises and brain breaks using vibrant visuals and fun stories.

GoNoodle | Get Moving

GoNoodle is an App and YouTube channel with games, interactive activities and kid-friendly entertainment to promote physical activity, active learning, heightened engagement and enhanced focus.

First Aid For Feelings (An Activity Book For Your Kids)

A book of activities for children to understand the changes in their lives due to COVID-19. These activities will provide emotional support and resilience skills.

For Teens

Tools for Supporting the Emotional Wellbeing in Youth

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the lives of youth. Many are dealing with new challenges, like social distancing, changes to their routines, and a lost sense of security and safety, making them especially vulnerable to feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. View this resource to access tools created to promote mental and emotional wellbeing – during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Peer Health Exchange - Let's Talk: Mental Health

A mental health toolkit for young adults, including high school students and college students. Designed to help youth cope with COVID-19, learn about mental health, and connect with others.

For LGBTQ+ Youth

Resources for Families and Caregivers of LGBTQ Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This guide includes a list of community and online resources for coping with the negative mental health effects of COVID-19. Prepared by the Los Angeles County DMH+ UCLA Prevention Center of Excellence and Public Mental Health Partnership.

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Preventing Suicide

Learn the signs, the facts, and how you can help prevent suicide.

For Foster Families

Foster Family Well being and COVID 19

This video, from the UCLA Pritzker Center, provides insight into coping with uncertainty, productive visits and reunification for foster children, parents and caregivers, as well as resources for caregiver support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Advice for Foster Parents

This video, created by UCLA's Nathanson Family Resilience Center for the FOCUS on Foster Families App, highlights former foster youth, Annika and Maria, who share their advice for foster parents and talk about the importance of being patient with foster youth.

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COVID-19 and Contemporary Medical and Legal Issues in Foster Care

Foster youth and their families have been detrimentally impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from professionals about the unique issues facing youth in foster care right now, such as adoption, delays, visits, services, reunification as well as policy recommendations in this webinar hosted by the UCLA Pritzker Center.

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FOCUS on Foster Families

FOCUS on Foster Families is a free mobile app designed to help support foster youth and their caregivers as they navigate common challenges. It contains videos, games, and resources to increase resilience. The app was designed by the UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center with support from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation.

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