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New Website to Address Children's Covid-related Mental Health Concerns

According to a press release from the state, "recognizing the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on children’s mental health, the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) joined forces with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and the Department of Mental Health (DMH) to launch HandholdMA.org, a new family-friendly website for parents and guardians of school-aged children who are concerned about their child’s mental health."

"HandholdMA.org provides families with tips, tools, and resources designed to help them navigate their child’s mental health journey with confidence. The content, which is targeted to families with kids age 6-12 years, was developed by a team of mental health and child development experts as well as family and community partners."

“'Every family in the Commonwealth has experienced stress, disruption, and isolation due to the pandemic, but we know from the data that the impact on immigrant communities and communities of color has been particularly severe,' said Maria Mossaides, the Commonwealth’s Child Advocate. 'It’s more important than ever that we are reaching out to offer support to families in these communities, and we greatly appreciate the work of the family and community partners who helped us ensure this website would feel welcoming and relevant to individuals from all backgrounds.'”