Mental Health Services and Resources
According to an Easterseals study, during the COVID-19 pandemic, people with disabilities were more likely to be socially isolated. Isolation was the most reported cause of stress during COVID-19, increasing the need for mental health support. Following the pandemic, conversations around mental health must continue and Easterseals is leading the way by expanding resources for communities across the country.
Mental Health During Times of Crisis
Recent events, including senseless violence in schools and communities, have caused the nation to grieve. During difficult times, it is important to assess your mental health. The Easterseals Network has curated these resources to help parents and adults respond to mass crisis.
- Mental Health Tips During a Crisis: Easterseals Michigan
These tips for parents and adults were shared after a shooting occurred at Oxford High School in Michigan. Keep these tips in mind when facing any crisis that impacts mental health.
- Resources to Help Children Address Violence and Tragedy (PDF)
- A Kids' Book about School Shootings (PDF)
- Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting: American Counseling Association
- Talking With Children After a Tragedy: Coalition to Support Grieving Students
- Helping Children and Adolescents Cope With Traumatic Events: National Institute of Mental Health
- Difficult Times and Tough Talks (For Parents): Sesame Street in Communities
- Resources for Mass Tragedies: School Crisis Recovery and Renewal Project of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Supporting Families: Young Children and Gun Violence
- Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
Mental health support is incorporated in several of Easterseals programs. For instance, when assisting individuals and families in the middle of a crisis, mental health assessments are often included. Because our work is person-centered and based on the needs of each individual, ensuring that there is mental health support available is essential. Take a look at these additional resources provided by our friends and partners.
- Cohen Veterans Network provides high-quality, accessible, and integrated mental health care to vets.
- MTV Entertainment Group: Mental Health is Health is an initiative with the goal to normalize conversations about mental health.
- WeRecover is "making treatment available to anybody suffering from addiction who desires to get help."
- How to Take Care of Your Mental Health (AARP)
- Online Mental Health Resources for Coping with Coronavirus-Related Stress
- Stop the Stigma Around Mental Health (Campaign to Change Direction)
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline