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Parent Resource Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - A Parent Resource
Tips For Families Care for Caregivers: Tips for Families and Educators
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth COVID-19 Resources Information on the Ongoing Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
kidcentral tn Spending a lot of time in one place is enough to cause anyone anxiety, let alone parents and guardians who are now at home with their kids, constantly. Visit kidcentral tn to find action steps that can help your family avoid boredom and keep your kids’ minds growing.
Memphis Area COVID-19 Resource Guide Times are uncertain and information is moving fast. We hope this resource guide as a way for Memphians to find local support if they need it and provide local support if they’re able.
Lakeside Stress & Anxiety Hotline This hotline will be answered 24/7 for the duration of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The phone number is 901.322.7624. Lakeside encourages anyone in the community who needs additional support during this time to call the number to speak to a Lakeside clinician.
Life Church Food Assistance Life Church has an appointment line for food assistance that families can call. The number is (901)751-0096. Pick-up will occur at the Austin Peay or Highland locations. Interested individuals should call first.
Foodbank Mobile Pantry Locations and Dates Mid-South Food Bank is distributing food through our partner food pantries in the area. Map of Locations
Shelby County Division of Community Resources This is a list of Mental Health and Behavioral Health resources assembled by the Division of Community Services.
COVID RESOURCES FOR PARENTS, FAMILIES, AND YOUTH The collection of resources includes videos, toolkits, activities to use at home and more to support parents and caregivers and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
No-Cost Resources for Shelby County Residents Shelby County Community Services Map
Financial Assistance P-EBT Program
Food Assistance Food Assistance (Spanish)
Mental Health Resources
The mental health impact of COVID-19 will persist longer than the physical virus. Consider the anxiety, trauma, and depression caused by job loss, isolation, seclusion, and the unpredictability about the virus that threatens the life and safety of individuals and their family members. Mental health resources, as follow:

1. Text “TN” to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line and to immediately be connected to a trained crisis counselor 24/7. Click this link to learn about the Crisis Text Line
2. The “My Health Care Home” website directs Middle Tennesseans to their nearest charitable clinic (i.e., Matthew Walker, Neighborhood Health, Neighborhood Health, etc.). It includes prescription discounts, screenings, and more information at
3. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255. If preferred, you can go to the website and participate in a chat feature.
4. Go HERE for free, anonymous, evidence-based screenings for anxiety, depression, trauma, etc. Parents can take a screening to determine if their children are showing symptoms of depression or anxiety. The back-end of the screenings provides local resources and do-it-yourself exercises to help.
5. Mental Health America proudly started Mental Health Month in May 1949. Annually, we provide helpful resources to promote May as mental health month. I hope that you find these resources to be helpful: It includes some COVID-19 bonus materials.