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:
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.
During this time of change and uncertainty we want to do all we can to support you! So we are offering 25% off all of our self-paced online training programs for the month of April. Simply use the code April25 at check-out. The courses 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
- Get Moving
- 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
- 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.
- Share Your Story or Words of Encouragement
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.