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March 2022Vol. 23, No. 2Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Children and Youth

The COVID-19 pandemic has been shown to have adverse effects on family stability and well-being. In response to these concerns, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, developed a web-based suite of tools to help children and youth manage their feelings of stress, anxiety, and sadness brought on or exacerbated by the pandemic.

The tools include a collection of comic-book style videos and documents that focus on the specific thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that can cause stress in the lives of children and youth. The goal is to teach children and youth the skills they need to cope with challenges, particularly those associated with the pandemic, including the following: 

  • Changes in routines
  • Breaks in continuity of learning
  • Breaks in continuity of health care
  • Missed significant life events
  • Lost security and safety
The tools are organized into two age groups—young children (to be explored with their parents) and youth and teens—and are also available in Spanish. A list of frequently asked questions and a page of additional, related resources are also provided. 

Tools for Supporting Emotional Wellbeing in Children and Youth is available on the National Academies website.