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With schools closed due to COVID-19, St. Mary’s County Public Schools acknowledges this time may be a cause of stress anxiety for both students and their families. SMCPS remains committed to providing you information on available community-based mental and behavioral health resources to assist during this time. 

During the COVID-19 school closure, emergency mental and behavioral health needs are best met by accessing community-based supports. If you feel you or your child may harm themselves or others, please use the following resources directly:

  • Call 911 in case of an emergency
  • Call 211, Option 1 (MD 211 Helpline)
  • Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - National Suicide Prevention Hotline
  • Text 741-741 - Suicide Prevention Hotline
  • Call 1-833-MD-B-SAFE (1-833-632-7233)

For non-emergency mental and behavioral health needs, the following tele-health resource guide, developed by the St. Mary’s County Health Department, provides a list of available support in our community.

Distance Learning 

Distance Learning Tips for Families

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Supporting Children 

Parents and guardians can help their children cope with anxiety about COVID-19 by providing facts and correct information about illness prevention. Children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful situations and events. A child’s anxiety will rise if they see their parents are overly worried, according to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Parents and guardians can reassure their child that health and school officials are working hard to make sure people are staying healthy. Children need age-appropriate information and facts. Depending on their age, talk to your child about the seriousness of illness and the steps they can take to prevent becoming ill or spreading an illness to others. Giving a child a sense of control can help ease their anxiety. The NASP recommends the following:

  • Remain calm and reassuring.
  • Make yourself available.
  • Avoid excessive blaming.
  • Monitor television viewing and social media use.
  • Maintain a normal routine as much as possible.
  • Be honest and accurate.
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and
  • Talk about and model proper hygiene and healthy lifestyle choices that can prevent illness.

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Community Resources 

The Mental Health Association of Maryland has organized a page of resources to support Marylanders through this difficult time. Check out coronavirus resources regularly as they will routinely update these pages so they are as timely and helpful as possible. Following are some additional resources:

Resources on COVID-19 for Adults Supporting Children & Teens

Resources on COVID-19 for Adult Self-Care 


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