Emotional & Mental Health Resources For Kids

Take a look at our librarian-recommended books on resilience. emotional strength and other topics for families

While North Texans navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to bring children on the journey in age-appropriate ways.

This toolkit featuring beloved PBS characters has been specially curated to help parents and caregivers explain worrisome events to children and teens. There are also guides for how to help kids de-stress and build resilience and empathy.

On Our Minds is KERA’s mental health initiative. Read/hear our news series The Caregivers. Browse the KERA Helps list for ways to give or get help during the pandemic.

Sesame Street

Elmo

Social & Emotional Growth Activities from Sesame Street: The resources on this KERA Learn page will help parents and caregivers in supporting their child’s social and emotional growth.

Topics include:

• Emergency preparedness
• Mental health
• Self-care

Learning to Resolve Conflicts with Role Play: Help your child learn about strategies to resolve conflicts.

Self-Care for Parents: Keep these tips in mind when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Sesame Street: Caring for Each Other: Our friends on Sesame Street are sharing ways families can live, breathe, laugh and play during this challenging time. Get quick facts, watch videos and download resource guides.

9 Ways to Help Soothe and Comfort Your Child: Even in times of unease, your family is in this together no matter what. As a parent or caregiver, being kind, patient, and understanding to yourself in uncertain times helps create a calmer family environment and builds children’s sense of security.

Create Your Own Feelings Word Book: Help your child label and understand different feelings with this activity.

Overcoming Fears Through Pretend Play: Talking about a fear and problem solving ways to help your child become less afraid can help your child express their emotions.

Make a Feelings Photography Book: Talk about feelings as you make a photo book of faces to show what you and your child look like when you feel happy, sad, surprised, angry or jealous.


Daniel Tiger

Image of Daniel Tiger

The Daniel Tiger for Parents app: The songs, videos and conversation starters on this app empower parents and caregivers to help their children navigate through life’s challenges.

How to Prepare Children for Unexpected Emergencies: Kids are keenly aware of the expressions on their parents’ faces and the tone of their voices. Children always benefit when they are prepared for what is about to or may happen.

Helping Children with Tragic Events in the News: The way that news is presented on television can be confusing for a young child.

Helping Kids Navigate Scary News Stories: More advice on how to help children understand what they hear and see on the news, from Eric Rasmussen, Ph.D.

How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus: Stress is a normal, healthy biological response to perceived threats and challenges. But too much stress can hijack our ability to reason through a situation.


Arthur

Image of Arthur hugging his mom

Resilience guidance for kids: For kids in pre-K through 4th grade.

Resilience activities for kids

Courage Cards
Worry Stack
Fear No More

Empathy guidance for parents

How can I tell that my child is upset? Get tips on how to detect worry and how to help.

Parent’s Guide to “So Funny I Forgot To Laugh!”: This guide to the interactive comic gives parents and caregivers ideas and activities for using the comic, which helps children gain a better understanding of their feelings and the feelings of others.


Resilience Resources For Older Children

You Are Not Alone series: These videos by Kentucky Educational Television / KET explore answers to depression, anxiety, toxic stress and suicide.

The Power of Sadness in Inside Out: This video breaks down the science of sadness, using the movie Inside Out as a springboard.


In The News

A photo of a man holding his elderly mother's hand

KERA News covers mental health stories in two ways:

▸ Through the On Our Minds initiative, led by KERA reporter Syeda Hasan
▸ With other health topics through our consumer health radio series, Vital Signs with host Sam Baker

Here are a few health and mental health articles you may find helpful:

Coronavirus Is Changing The Way We Grieve. This North Texas Nonprofit Is Trying To Help.

Here Are Some Resources For Managing Mental Health During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus: What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

Some Kids Blame Themselves For Mom’s Sadness. Talking About It Can Help.

Parents and teachers — get educational resources, activities and tips with our At-Home Learning Toolkit, in English and Spanish.

Learn about Parenting Minutes, which are really short, really helpful videos for parents about early childhood and raising kids.

Sign up for our Start Smart text messages to receive easy tips on engaging with young children.

Get fun, librarian-recommended book ideas for kids.

Browse more resources on KERA Learn!, our one-stop tool for teachers, homeschool parents and other educators, and follow KERA Learn! on Pinterest.