For a comprehensive list of resources related to mental health services, housing, food assistance, employment and more during this time please visit the following resources:
RTZ HOPE is offering Virtual Community Support to help support bereaved parents who desperately need connection and a safe space to grieve. All details and link to register can be found here.
First 5 L.A.’s Information and Resources for Home Visitors and the Families They Serve. This comprehensive list provides resources in categories such as pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, benefits, health care access and community resources.
ACEs Connects – A Guide to Providing Telehelath During the COVID-19 Crisis. This guide covers technology platforms, legal and ethical considerations, best practices and more.
California’s newly enacted mental health peer telephone line and web-chat service. This service is available to any California resident experiencing increased levels of anxiety and interested in connecting with a peer. Learn more here.
L.A. County Department of Mental Health Services
Comprehensive List of Resources Related to Housing, Food Assistance, Employment & more
LA2050 Covid-19 Resources and Responses
“Safer At Home”: What You Need to Know | Help prevent the spread of coronavirus in L.A. County
We are able to offer all our in-person trainings online via Zoom and GoToWebinar platforms. If your organization would like to offer a virtual training, webinar, or larger staff training, please contact Gabrielle Kaufman. Additionally, our online training courses can be accessed anytime and from any location. Click here to learn more.
Our self-paced online training programs offer:
- The ability to learn on your own schedule from the comfort of your home
- Pre-recorded video lectures, personal stories, interactive quizzes, and supplementary reading material
- Lectures from distinguished faculty including Emily Dossett, MD, Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, PMH-C, and Diana Barnes, PsyD, MFT
- CEUs for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, LEPs and Psychologists
- CMEs for MDs and RNs
Additionally, the Bringing Light to Motherhood introductory certificate course is an approved pre-requisite for Postpartum Support International’s Certification in Perinatal Mental Health.
10 Ways to Support Los Angeles’ New Families
- Send A Meal
Everytable – offering free food to everyone, this includes delivering meals to seniors at their home. Call the Everytable Helpline at 323-458-6487 for questions and more information.
Los Angeles Unified School District – offering free student meals at 60 Grab and Go Food Centers.
- Get Support
Postpartum Support International has increased the number of their free weekly online support groups for pregnant, postpartum and military moms. Find information on timings and register here.
- Get Moving
PopSugar Fitness has free workouts on YouTube, including a Fit Pregnancy channel.
- Apply for a Childcare Loan
Jewish Free Loan is here to help with interest-free loans of up to $10,000 so families can pay for childcare while schools are shut down. Loans can be turned around in a matter of days. Please visit jfla.org and fill out our pre-loan application today!
- Go on a Virtual Trip
While most places have shut their locations for now, many are offering virtual tips, live cams and other ways of enjoying their offerings. Check out a few of our favorites, Google’s comprehensive list ofVirtual Museum Tours, MET Opera Nightly Concerts, a comprehensive list of Discovery Education Virtual Field Trips,San Diego Zoo Live Cams, and a current favorite at with kids, the Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari
- Host a Virtual Party
Just because we cannot be with them physically doesn’t mean that we can’t benefit from the love and support of our family and friends. Use this time to connect with your support system near and far. There are great tools available to video chat on your phone: Facetime, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, Facebook/Instagram Live or other online platforms.
- Go to the Library – Digitally
LA County Public Libraries can be accessed electronically. Read eBooks and listen to audiobooks, stream movies and TV shows check out digital magazines, and stream music. If you’re a parent or caregiver, sign up for ReadyRosie to get texts or emails with ideas for family engagement tips and early learning opportunities, or check out the TumbleBook Library, an online collection of animated and talking picture books. Kids and learners of all ages can get one-on-one homework help and tutoring from 12 – 10 pm every day on Brainfuse. For more information, click here!
- Practice Mindfulness
Participate in free virtual meditation and mindfulness with |OM| Girl Alli. Get all the details here.
- Keep the Kids Entertained and Educated
Schools are closed and kids are home which presents new challenges and opportunities for many families. Below are some platforms offering free resources and access. This is also a great time to think of life skills as learning opportunities.
KCET and PBS At Home Learning Resources
Comprehensive List of Educational Resources
Pinterest Ideas for Life Skills
- Share Your Story or Words of Encouragement
We believe that storytelling is a wonderful way to connect and practice resilience during challenging times. We invite you to share your story about how the coronavirus is affecting your mental health, parenting, and/or daily life. Submissions can be titled or untitled, with your name or anonymous. To share your story, click here. We hope this will provide us all a way to connect and be encouraged during this time.
Please note that sending in a story is granting Maternal Mental Health NOW permission to use it on our website and in various communications, including social media.
NOTE FROM MMH-NOW
During the time of drastic change, and the stress and anxiety that comes with it, our thoughts are with the tens of thousands of Los Angeles families that are welcoming new babies into their homes. Our thoughts are also with you. Please take care of yourself and each other. Stay healthy and safe.