Parenting in Summer 2020: Challenges

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We are excited to announce a new series of parent resource videos from the CAC. Thank you to Kara McElhone (Executive Director of the CAC of Hampshire County), Abbey Tenczar LICSW, MSW (Counselor on Special Assignment in Chicopee Public Schools), and Andrea Gonsalves McCallum LICSW, MSW (Assistant Principal in Easthampton Public Schools) for participating. RESOURCES DISCUSSED IN THE VIDEO ARE LISTED BELOW.

Child At-Risk hotline 1-800-792-5200

Hampshire County Mental Health Resources
CSO Crisis Services:
Community Action:

State/National Mental Health Resources
The Parental Stress Hotline: (800) 632-8188 – /
National Parent Helpline: 1-855-4APARENT (855) 427-2736
National Suicide Prevention Life Line: (800) 273-8255
The Crisis Talk/Text Line: Call2Talk (508) 532-2255 or Text C2T or TALK to 741741 ●
Samaritans: (877) 870-4673
SAMHSA National Helpline: (800) 662-4357
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline Talk/Text Line: (800) 985-5990 or text TalkWithUS to 66746
7cups (Offers free emotional support. No matter what you are going through you will be heard and cared for. 24/7 chat):
National Domestic Violence Hotline (Offers help to people experiencing violence in their home during COVID-19 restrictions. There is a hotline, texting service, and webchat service): (800)799-7233,
Autism Response Team: 1-800-AUTISM2 (English) 1-888-772-9050 (Spanish) 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM all time zones.

Mental Health Resources for Teens
Samariteens: (800)-252-TEEN (8336)
The Trevor Helpline (The Trevor Project — Saving Young LGBTQ Lives (Specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth and young adults): (866)-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386)

Free Crisis Counseling and Clinics
MassSupport English and Espanol PDF.pdf

Talking to Kids About Race
Sesame Street Town Hall:
NPR Talking Race with Young Children:
Are Your Kids Too Young to Talk About Race?:
How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism:…/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-r…
Beyond the Golden Rule:…/…/general/beyond_golden_rule.pdf
Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids:…/resources-for-talking-ab…/
Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race:

Online Safety Information

Local Resources for Caregivers

Food Assistance
Pandemic EBT:
How to Activate (PIN) a P-EBT Card

Food Services: Emergency Feeding Information.

Chartwells Free Meal Pick-up Program (Updated)

Area Parks

Yoga & Movement (Nigra mindfulness) (children’s yoga and mindfulness)

Apps to Help with Mental Health

Virtual Calm Room

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