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COVID-19 and Mental Health

Coping with COVID-19

Find resources and ideas for how adults and families can stay strong and protect their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID Anxiety App for Smartphones

Designed for use by people aged 13 and above, this app engages in conversations with users, serving as a digital mental health coach.

Listen: Preventing Teen Suicide In A Pandemic Of Isolation

Experts discuss the struggle with isolation that many teens are feeling.

Listen: 1 In 4 Young Adults Struggle With Suicidal Thoughts Under The Pandemic

Experts discuss the increase of suicidal thoughts among young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Support for LGBTQ+ Youth


  • 42% of LGBTQ+ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth.*
  • More than 80% of LGBTQ+ youth stated that COVID-19 made their living situation more stressful — and only 1 in 3 LGBTQ+ youth found their home to be LGBTQ+-affirming.*

    *Source: The Trevor Project- National Survey on LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health 2021
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In a time when isolation and depression are affecting millions of people, it's more important than ever to support the needs of our LGBTQ+ youth. 

Support and Resources for Teens and Families


  • Adapt for Life - Adapt for Life partners with Cincinnati Children’s by offering mental health services and education to help our children, families, and communities. We focus on the importance of mental health and teach young people how to become mentally fit, in an effort to curb youth suicide and help them lead healthy lives.
  • Warning Signs of Suicide and Ways to Get Help - Stacey Hoffman, LPCC, MEd, discusses the warning signs of suicide and how you can help support your child.
  • Pastoral Care - The Department of Pastoral Care at Cincinnati Children's offers spiritual guidance, or simply emotional support, to people of all faiths who are struggling with a child's illness.

We Search for Answers

At Cincinnati Children's, we never stop searching for ways to help reduce the number of suicides and the impact that they have on our families and communities.

  • Natural Language Processing - The Pestian Lab at Cincinnati Children's is researching new ways to predict suicide through machine learning. Learn more about their research.
  • Telehealth as a Treatment Option – Cincinnati Children’s received a five-year research award totaling almost $8 million from Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to explore treatment options for adolescents with suicidal thoughts.

Additional Resources

We're Here to Help

Our expert teams of pediatric psychologists and psychiatrists use evidence-based approaches to treat the full spectrum of child and adolescent mental and behavioral health problems, helping young people manage their conditions so they can live their lives as fully as possible.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Our national partners offer education and resources to help you and your loved ones.

Special Needs Considerations

Our Special Needs Resource Directory offers a variety of resources, specific to mental health needs.