Tip sheet to guide conversations with your kids - "The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in thousands of children being separated from loved ones who require isolation and/ or hospitalization due to a loved one testing positive for COVID-19 or because of potential exposure for essential workers. For some children, the separation may result in distress or in a traumatic reaction. If a loved one dies from the virus, a child may experience traumatic grief due the sudden nature of the death and being unable to say goodbye or observe cultural or religious mourning rituals. This tip sheet is for caregivers or other adults supporting children with traumatic separation or traumatic grief related to COVID-19. Especially in stressful times, in addition to the suggestions here, all children benefit from caregivers listening to and validating their different feelings."

    Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19: 




    Start Here Saint Louis Area Resource Directory 2020 (click on title to access directory)

    • clothing and furniture
    • for dads
    • disability
    • domestic violence resources
    • drop-in centers
    • employment & training
    • food programs and pantries
    • housing: shelters for men and shelters for women
    • housing
    • immigrant services
    • legal services
    • LGBTQ
    • meal providers
    • medical
    • mental health
    • money matters
    • re-entry
    • streetwise
    • substance abuse treatment
    • utility assistance
    • for veterans
    • youth services
    • hotlines & websites

    Start Here Saint Louis Area Resource Directory COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage: https://www.startherestl.org/covid-19-local.html  

    RAA - Ready, Aim, Advocate Community Resource Directory(click title to access directory)

    BHR Youth Connection Helpline (free of charge). BHR (Behavioral Health Response) offers confidential telephone counseling to people in mental health crises, as well as mobile outreach services, community referral services and critical incident stress management - Call, text, or chat online.

    BHR Helpline


    The following presentation was compiled by Tosha Todd, LPC, Ed.S., School Counselor and shared online by the Missouri School Counselor Association: Anxious Kids: How Can We Help (click on title to access presentation)

     STRESS REDUCTION, MINDFULNESS, SELF-CARE and MORE (Free online course from Professor Drew Schwartz)

    Register: https://drewschwartz.com/1-2-3-wellness-program

    In response to COVID-19, for a limited time offering the 1-2-3 Wellness online video course (normally $500) for FREE to support educators and parents during this stressful time. The research-based course includes powerful videos and an e-workbook packed with research-based tools to support stress reduction and increases in mindfulness, social and emotional learning and self-care tools.


    1. Read those not-work-related books you’ve been putting off.
    2. Do something creative - there are many small businesses and artists offering free virtual classes and projects.
    3. Turn off the news and limit social media use - know the limits of what you can absorb for the day.
    4. FaceTime or video chat with friends and family you can’t see in person during this time.
    5. Work on a house project you’ve been putting off for a while.
    6. Check out free online tours of museums and national parks now available: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/ 
    7. Limit your work accessibility to focus on self-care and family.
    8. Try a new workout while at home. Lots of gyms, dance studios, etc. are offering free virtual classes. 


    "Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.  All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet."  Stories are available across various categories: littlest listeners, elementary, tween, tween, literary classics, folk and fairy tales for all, and stories in foreign languages": https://stories.audible.com/start-listen