Mental health guidance for students, teachers and parents

BJC Medical Group psychiatrist from Christian Hospital, Dr. John Paruch, joined pediatric psychologists from St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Drs. Mary Cradock and Brian Richter, for a discussion on what challenges each member of the family may face, how to navigate difficult decisions and coping with uncertainty during COVID-19.

Other videos in this series:

Navigating COVID-19 and Back-to-School including safety precautions, disease transmission in kids, testing and masking recommendations, as well as supporting kids participating in both in-person classes and virtual learning.

Pregnancy, Childbirth and Caring for a Newborn During COVID-19 – discusses safety precautions to take before and after welcoming a new baby to the family.


BJC Behavioral Health offers free COVID-19 counseling through the Family Mental Health Collaborative to help you deal with fear and anxiety, locate community assistance agencies, and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This program is free, confidential and open to all ages. Call 314-747-7492 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

Help is available for your child. Parents and teens can call 314-454-TEEN for free, confidential services about adolescent development and behavior, including fear and anxiety related to COVID-19.

Helping kids and teens cope with COVID-19 related stress.

How to talk to kids about COVID-19

How to support high school seniors during COVID-19

Coping with stress from being in lockdown

5 simple stress relievers to do right now

Learn why stress occurs and simple behaviors you can do to combat the effects

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