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Resources to Support Families in Behavioral Health throughout COVID-19
In this challenging time of change and much uncertainty, the Behavioral Health Family Resource Center is responding by frequently updating this list of online resources to support children, teens, adults, families and NSMC employees. Please keep practicing social distancing and other safety protocols and remember to make time to care for yourself. 

Your inquiries, comments and suggestions are welcome. Contact We hope this is helpful. 

  • Elizabeth Yourgrau, M.A., M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., Clinical Coordinator, Behavioral Health Family Resource Center
  • Ivette Thomson, B.A., Program Coordinator, Behavioral Health Family Resource Center
  • Marguerite Roberts, M.S., N.P., Clinical Coordinator Mindfulness Programs, Behavioral Health Family Resource Center

Family Rounds Lecture Series A monthly series for parents and professionals, September-May, free and open to all. 

October 15th: "Children and Trauma: Treatment in the context of the pandemic and social injustice"

November 19th: "Avoiding the Clouded World of Vaping"

December 10th: "Minding Your LBGTQs - Learning Contemporary Terminology, Concepts, and Issues in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Community"

REGISTER TODAY or email do not have to be a patient of NSMC to take part in our workshops, support groups, and programs.


  1. Dr. Anthony Fauci Participates in Harvard Medicine Grand Rounds
  2. Youth at Risk Comes to Pathways for Children
  3. McLean Self-Care Mental Health Webinars beginning October 1st.
  4. McLean: Video: Sensory-Focused Strategies to Manage Daily Anxiety
  5. McLean: Video: Cathy Milliken on Stress and Addiction During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  6. Salem State University: 2020 Youth at Risk Resource Manual and Roadmap Available
  7. Southern California Sunrise "Anxiety Disorders: Types and Treatments"
  8. APA Equity-Resources
  9. Mass General Brigham Mental Health and Well-Being Resources
  10. Mass General Hospital "Guide to Mental Health Resources"
  11. Center for Disease Control Updated Situation Summary Reports 
  12. "Atul Gawande, MD The New Yorker - Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Re├źntry"
  13. Benson Henry Institute - "Calm in the Time of Coronavirus" includes Tips for Staying Resilient
  14. Mental Health APPS. Compiled by Shalini Bhalla, Staff Psychologist Psy.D., Coordinator for Outpatient Clinic and Behavioral Medicine Team, Mass General for Children, at NSMC
  15. Yale University "The Science of Well-Being" Yale's most popular class ever is available free online and the topic is "How to be Happier in Your Daily Life"
  16. Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Outbreak includes reliable and helpful resources
  17. Harvard Health Publishing "Coping with Coronavirus: Dealing with Daily Stress, Anxiety and a Range of Other Emotions"
  18. Mass 211 - "Get Connected, Get Answers" Provides free confidential and multilingual answers to your questions.
  19. Healthline "5 Tips for Coping with Cabin Fever During a Shelter-in-Place"
  20. Harvard Business Review "That Discomfort Your Feeling is Grief updated May 1st
  21. Brown University Mindfulness Center with Jud Brewer, MD "Conversations on COVID: Breaking the anxiety cycle"
  22. Brown University Mindfulness Center with Jud Brewer, MD "Understanding Coronavirus Anxiety (Daily Update 1)"

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  1. Harvard Business Review "You've Been Called Out for a Microaggression. What Do You Do?"
  2. McLean "How COVID-19 Is Affecting Addiction Treatment"
  3. Byron's Games - Learn and Explore
  4. Byron's Games - Videos "web app" that you can give to your Child Life team to provide easy accessibility to your patients.
  5. McLean "Managing Educator Anxiety in the Classroom" Dr. Macht-Greenberg shares advice on balancing and fluctuating Learning Environment
  6. Partners Healthcare for Clinicians Behavioral Health Symposium Web Series   
  7. Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth is offering FREE Webinars. All the topics address the pandemic; from mental health, emotional well-being and more. 
  8. McLean Hospital "Dr. Lois Choi-Kain Shares Strategies to Successfully Manage Heightened Emotions" She breaks down what she has learned from treating patients with Borderline Personality Disorder"
  9. Free Headspace Meditation APP for US Healthcare Professionals
  10. The Schwartz Center "Resources for Healthcare Professionals Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic"
  11. Free Access for Frontline Workers to Ten Percent Happier Coronavirus Sanity APP
  12. National Child Traumatic Health Network The Schwartz Center "Caring for Yourself & Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Managing Healthcare Workers Stress" Guide for families with a particularly helpful chart outlining stress reactions and helpful responses by age group 
  13. The Schwartz Center "Caring for Yourself & Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Managing Healthcare Workers' Stress"
  14. Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) "Psychological Effects of Quarantine During the Coronavirus Outbreak" What Healthcare Providers Need to Know
  15. Lori Gottlieb, Psychotherapist, Washington Post "The surprising intimacy of online therapy sessions during the pandemic"
  16. The New Yorker - The New Theatrics of Remote Therapy
NSMC EMPLOYEES (login required to access)
  1. Partners Employee Assistance Program (EAP) "Back to School Planning During the Pandemic"
  2. NSMC Connect "Self Care in the Face of Racial Trauma"
  3. NSMC Connect "Tips and Tools for Parenting in the Face of Racial Oppression Children start to internalize racial bias between ages two and four. By age 12, m"
  4. NSMC Connect "An Incomplete Readings/Viewing List for Those of Us Who Aren't Black"
  5. The Pulse Mass General Brigham "Universal Mask & Eye Protection Policy"
  6. On August 23, 2020 upgrade, Partners and the North Shore will transition to the Storyboard but you can toggle it on today. Learn more about transitioning to the Storyboard.
  8. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Building Resilience in Response to COVID-19 for Healthcare Workers
  9. (EAP) Coping and Overcoming Isolation during Social/Physical Distancing
  10. (EAP) Practices to Manage Stress
  11. Partners Healthcare "Resilience Augmentation for Medical Personnel (RAMP) during the COVID-19 Outbreak" 3 Different Open and Ongoing Online Sessions (Resilience and Mindfulness, Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) and Mindfulness for Wellness)
  12. NSMC "Coronavirus FAQ's for Staff"
  13. Partners Pulse Government COVID-19 Response Updates
  14. Partners Pulse: "Mental Health and Well-Being Resources for COVID-19"
  15. Partners Pulse "FAQ's for COVID Testing" 
  16. Partners Pulse Updates COVID-19
  17. NSMC Connect "COVID-19 Updates"
  18. Positively NSMC COVID-19 Edition "In This Together"
  19. Mental Health and Well-Being Resources 
    Check out resources that have been compiled to help employees cope with everyday stresses and concerns.
  20. Benson-Henry Institute "Clinician Resiliency Groups"
  21. NSMC's Pastoral Care Department "Four-Minute Mindful Meditation" Video
  22. NSMC's Pastoral Care Department "Five-Minute Mindful Meditation" Video
  23. Employee Assistance Program "Seminars/Events, Success with Stress Series"
  24. McLean Hospital Brainwaves "Caring for Your Mental Health Despite the Coronavirus"

Mindfulness for Children, Teens & Adults
With many students, educators, and families at home, away from school and work, Mindful Schools has offered free, online mindfulness classes for KIDS!

  1. Go Zen - Progressive Muscle Relaxation for Kids
  2. *Mindful Schools "Ten Free Online Classes for School K-5 Aged Students"
  3. "Take a Break, Keep Perspective, Be Kind in Uncertain Times"
  4. Fight, Flight and Mindfulness Response to Overwhelm

Five Brief practices "Mindfulness for Children Series at Home" with Gabriel, AME Association for Mindfulness in Education (you tube videos):

  1. Regarding Major Transitions
  2. 5 Finger Breathing (emergency mindfulness)
  3. Grateful Gratitude
  4. Feelings like Sad, Lonely, Mad
  5. Mindful Eating

"Mindfulness in Every Day Life" with Marguerite, NSMC Family Center for Mindfulness Practices for parents/caregivers and children for finding self calm. Try each together and continue with favorites. 

  1. Children's Intro
  2. Sitting Like a Mountain 
  3. The Body Tour
  4. Mindful Yoga
  5. Mindful Eating
  6. Belly Breathing
  7. Walking
  8. Friendliness and Kindness
  9. Practice with Play
  10. Water Practice 
  11. Pebbles

Mindfulness to Care for NSMC Clinicians in this Time of Covid-19 

The following recordings were made from a virtual series offered to better support recovery, resilience and the well-being of our NSMC clinicians through this time of Covid-19. Each of the five guided practices (10-15 minutes) can be accessed when most convenient. 

Short Mindful Practices for Teens and Adults:


  1. McLean "Webinar: Managing Emotions and Expectations Around School"
  2. Root Youth Culinary Job Training Program: 2020-2021 Program Start & End Dates Cohort 12 : October 13, 2020 - January 28, 2021
  3. The New Yorker: The Students Left Behind by Remote Learning
  4. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): Raising anti-racist infants and young children
  5. Jewish Family & Children Service (JF&CS) "Free Parent Coaching: A Resource for Families"
  6. PBS for Parents "Talking to Young Children about Race & Racism"
  7. Children's Alliance "Talking about Racism & Bias: Resources for Parens & Caregivers"
  8. Anti-Defamation League (ADL) "Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations about Race and Racism"
  9. The Children's Room: Caring support for grieving children, teens and families" 
  10. McLean Webinar August 26th: Managing Emotions and Expectations Around School
  11. Video: Dr. Lisa Coyne Answers Questions About Youth Mental Health 
  12. The Asperger / Autism Network Free Online Community Connection Sessions with AANE staff
  13. *Dr. Jellinek former Chief of Child Psychiatry at MGH "COVID-19: Helpful Q&A for Parents" Highly informative and reassuring information for parents. Addresses issues of parents working from home, home schooling and learning disabilities during this pandemic.
  14. McLean Hospital: Video: Dr. Lisa Coyne Offers "Support for Caregivers of Kids and Teens During the Pandemic" She discusses ways to support the Mental Health of K-12 students including talking about the foundations of coping. She also provides useful responses to managing children who are out of school and stuck at home with their lives disrupted.
  16. "Children and Young Adults' Mental Health During the Coronavirus" University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education
  17. McLean Hospital "Helping Kids and Families Keep a Healthy Mindset During Coronavirus Crisis" provides tips for families for managing stress and anxiety in themselves and with their children
  18. The Clay Center at Mass General Hospital (MGH) for Young Healthy Minds "7 Ways to Support Kids and Teens Through the Coronavirus Pandemic 
  19. Child Trends "Resources for Supporting Children's Emotional Well-being during COVID-19 Pandemic" guidance, recommendations and a wide range of resources are provided by Child Trauma experts
  20. Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress "Helping Homebound Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak"
  21. Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) "How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus" Rich Bhatia, MD and FAPA is a Chid Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
  22. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) - "Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019" information is also in Chinese and Spanish
  23. Psychology Today - "How to Talk to Kids and Teens about Coronavirus" includes helpful tips for different age groups
  24. CDC - "Tips for Supporting Yourself and Your Kids in Managing Stress"
  25. One Tough Job, a children's trust program "Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic"

Storytime: Life on the Inside. During the Pandemic, Steve Aveson reads stories aloud on his personal Facebook page. The goal is to support children, teachers and families with a playful ten minutes each day Monday through Friday. From the Streets of Harvard Square and the Children's Museum of Boston, to classrooms in Singapore and Museums in Paris Steve Aveson has shared stories with children and families across 4 decades. 

Life is Good Playmakers provides a continuum of personal and professional development resources that help tap into the power of optimism and build life changing relationships with children in our care. Their brief calming and healing videos and many more include: 

  1. Talking to Kids about Racism
  2. 5-4-3-2-1 "Grounding Technique"
  3. "A Noticing Walk"

  1. Not all streets are like Sesame Street - They want to end Racism
  2. Sesame Street Racism Part One
  3. Sesame Street Racism Part Two
  4. Mindful Schools - Free Mindfulness Classes Help Kids' Mental Health (Featured on CNN)
  5. Best moments from CNN and Sesame Street's coronavirus town hall for kids and parents
  6. *CNN: "The ABC's of Covid 19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for very young children up to age 10 and Parents Second Town Hall scheduled June 6th
  7. ZeroToThree - "Tips for Families: Coronavirus"
  8. No School Social Story - Explaining COVID-19 to Young Children
  9. "King Covid and the Kids Who Cared" ages 4-6 & 7-9 by Nicole Rim
  10. World Health Organization "Children's story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19"
  11. My Hero is You: How Kids Can Fight Coronavirus Children's storybook released by UNICEF to help children and young people understand and cope with COVID-19. Intended for children 6-11. Adults are encouraged to read the book first and then read the story along with children
  12. Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus - Explaining COVID-19 to Older Children and Teens

  1. Parenting Helping Parents (Online Support Groups/ Zoom)
  2. Local & National Resources MA - Children's Trust
  3. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Contact for next meeting info
  4. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  5. Learn to Cope (LTC) meetings are for family members who have someone in their life struggling with the disease of addiction. If you would like to find out about our online ZOOM meetings, Contact
  6. Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP) Contact
  7. Learning to Cope with Grief - This grief meeting is specifically for people who have suffered a loss due to substance abuse. If you would like to find out about our online ZOOM meetings Contact


  1. Massachusetts Substance Use Hotline Fact Sheet
  3. Network of Care Massachusetts "A directory of over 5,000 programs and organizations across the Commonwealth"
  4. Tips Social Distancing by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)
  5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Current Topics - SAMHSA
  6. Boston Medical Center Office-Based Addiction Treatment Program Expanding access to life-saving treatment for substance use disorders through education, support, and capacity building.
  7. Meeting Guide for Alcoholics Anonymous 
  8. Healthline "How People in Addiction Recovery Are Dealing with the Isolation of COVID-19"
  9. Monday Night AA Meeting 7pm Zoom

SARA LEVA, LICSW at NSMC & NSPG Social Workers and Community Health Workers collected Resources