COVID-19 Resource Guide for Students, Teens, & Young Adults
For most young people, everything has changed in a short period of time. Students have been asked to leave schools and dorms abruptly, and many are having to adjust to online classes. It’s normal to have a variety of feelings in response to this transition. We hope that the following resources help as you navigate these challenging times:
- JED’s Mental Health Resource Center provides tools to help teens and young adults navigate life’s challenges. It also has information for family members and friends on how to support the teens and young adults in your life.
- As part of JED’s Love is Louder project, we’ve created the Love is Louder Action Center to provide resources and tips for taking care of physical and mental health, and supporting each other during this time of uncertainty.
- Seize The Awkward tips and resources around maintaining mental health during the coronavirus and connecting with friends and family.
- If you notice your friend feels distant or lonely, refer to the tips and resources on Seize the Awkward.
- What to Do When the Sports Season Gets Cut Short, a blog by JED’s Director of Learning and Evaluation, Kamla Modi.
- Press Pause encourages students to use simple mindfulness techniques–like breathing exercises, meditation, perspective checks, music, and movement–to deal with stresses and challenges that can make young adults feel overwhelmed or hopeless.
- Set To Go provides students, families, and educators resources on how to get emotionally prepared for the transition from high school to college or adulthood.
- JED’s You Can Help Trainings for students assist with identifying and supporting those who may be struggling with a mental health challenge.
- The JED Voices video series features celebrities and influencers who talk about what mental health means to them.
- ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding emotional health.
- Our JED Student Ambassadors shared some insight and tips on what has been helpful to them during this time: connecting virtually, creating structure, finding ways to relax and take care of your physical and mental health, helping others through creating funds for those in need of financial support, being kind to others, especially those in the service industry, and keeping in touch with those you care about.
- For the latest updates on protecting mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our COVID-19 Tips and Updates page.
Additional outside resources
- National Center for School Mental Health COVID-19 resources for students, schools, and families.
- Active Minds resources on helping a friend digitally and information on mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub
- National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide.
- PsychHub’s COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub.
- Couched in Color, a weekly podcast hosted by Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, discusses the mental health needs of youth and young adults of color.