Coping with COVID-19: Education and Mental Health Resources

How to Talk with Children about COVID-19

The H.A.N.D.S. Approach

UNLV PRACTICE, Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts

Children do better when they are given psychological “H.A.N.D.S.” Help them to:

  • Honestly communicate – provide accurate balanced information, ask them what is on their mind or if they have questions; help them put words to their feelings and validate that their feelings of worry, tension or sadness make sense right now.
  • Actively cope – maintain as much normalcy as possible, give children things to do that promote a sense of control and learning in the face of a larger crisis, provide healthy distractions (leisure, games, puzzles, books), and “instead of just being afraid, let us also learn.”
  • Network with peers and adults – find opportunities to engage remotely through telephone or video platforms; play games via FaceTime, Skype etc.
  • in a Developmentally Specific way – younger children benefit from shorter activities or conversations with their caregivers; children benefit from hands-on activities, pictures, drawings, coloring activities; adolescents may enjoy opportunities for discussion through a network of peers.

Virtual/Remote Mental Health Resources Available in Southern Nevada

Compiled by Dr. Katrina Harris, Assistant Professor in Residence- Department of Counselor Education, School Psychology, and Human Services (UNLV College of Education)

The UNLV College of Education has compiled this list of counseling agencies providing telehealth services in our community, as well as a list of other available virtual or remote resources.

Counseling Services

United Citizens Foundation (UCF), is offering therapy sessions at no out of pocket cost to Nevadans during this global coronavirus pandemic. The nonprofit specializes in healthy emotional and behavioral skills for children and their families with onsite mental and behavioral wellness centers in the community. The services are available through Telehealth or at the nonprofit’s two community locations:

  • 4485 South Buffalo Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89147
  • 2048 N. Las Vegas Blvd., North Las Vegas, NV 89030

Please call the hotline at 702-888-6300 for scheduling.

Red Rock Counseling is offering counseling services to individuals, couples, and families with mental health needs: relationships, depression, anxiety, loss, childhood trauma, relating to others, the stress of everyday life, and substance abuse. Services are available through Telehealth or at their location, 10655 West Park Run, Las Vegas, NV 89144. Please visit their website for more information and to book an appointment.

Perceptions Counseling Center of Southern Nevada is offering counseling services to individuals, families, caseworkers, schools and any other representatives per the client’s consent to provide the best wraparound service they can offer. Services are available through Telehealth or at their location, 3127 E Warm Springs Rd, Ste 300, Las Vegas, NV 89120. Please visit their website for more information or call 702-850-8700

The PRACTICE: A UNLV Community Mental Health Clinic. The staff remains available via telecounseling to current clients. Please contact at 702-895-1532 or email

Crisis Hotlines

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline

  • 1-800-985-5990, Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746; Spanish speakers: Text ‘Hablanos’ to 66746

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Online Resources

Community Resources for Southern Nevada Families and Children

Below please find a list of available community resources. We will continue to revise this list as other resources become available.

Assistance for Families with Infants and Small Children

(includes student volunteer opportunities):

Children’s Mobile Crisis Response Team


Transportation Assistance

Alternate Transportation Options

Food Assistance

Food Banks and Distribution Sites

Three Square, a member of Feeding America, offers 40+ food distribution sites across the Valley as well as grocery delivery for those in need Age 60+. Call 702-644-3663 for further assistance or visit

CCSD Food Distribution Sites (school aged child must be present to receive food):

  • Basic High School
  • Boulder City High School (Boulder City)
  • Canyon Springs High School
  • Centennial High School
  • Chaparral High School
  • Cheyenne High School
  • Cimarron-Memorial High School
  • Clark High School
  • Desert Pines High School
  • Hughes Middle School (Mesquite)
  • Indian Springs High School (Indian Springs)
  • Las Vegas High School
  • Laughlin High School (Laughlin)
  • Lyon Middle School (Overton)
  • Mojave High School
  • Sandy Valley High School (Sandy Valley)
  • Shadow Ridge High School
  • Sierra Vista High School
  • Silverado High School
  • Spring Valley High School
  • Ute Perkins Elementary School (Moapa)
  • Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy

Shopping Angels

Housing and Utility Assistance

NV Energy - NV Energy will suspend disconnects for non-payment for our customers directly impacted by this crisis. We will also waive late fees and deposits for customers who experience financial hardships related to COVID-19, or are unable to pay due to self-isolation. Please contact our customer care center to make alternative payment arrangements if you are directly impacted by the COVID-19 threat.

Southwest Gas - SWG are immediately starting a temporary moratorium on natural gas disconnections for non-payment that is in effect until further notice. Flexible payment options available.

Las Vegas Valley Water District – LVVWD has temporarily suspended customer shutoffs for delinquent and/or non-payment. The Water District will continue to work with individual customers and those facing financial hardships to establish payment arrangements and provide other customer services.

City of Henderson Water & Sewer – Today they do not have an information on relief for those experiencing hardships. Check their website for the most up to date information.

Republic Services - Today they do not have an information on relief for those experiencing hardships. Check their website for the most up-to-date information.

Nevada Unemployment Insurance

Transitional Housing

Unemployment, Medical Leave, Disability during Coronavirus Pandemic

Opportunities to Volunteer and Donate Items

General Activity Resources for Children Pre-Kindergarten and Beyond

Provided by: Yamila De Oliveira and Shin Silver, Lead Teachers- UNLV/CSUN Preschool

Scholastic Learning at Home: Daily activities that includes a book on video, a digital book. and fun hands-on activities.

Common Sense Media: Resources for free educational apps, games, and websites.

PBS Kids: Videos and games.

Steve Spangler Science: Science activities.

Hoopla: Access to borrow digital movies, music, eBook, and more with your library card. 

Go Noodle: (YouTube Channel) Music and movement.

Pairing Movement and Stories for Young Children

Provided by: Mardene Wright, Assistant Director of the UNLV/CSUN Preschool

It is great to pair movement and stories with very young children, especially as they are indoors most of the day. In addition mindfulness and yoga activities help calm children and give them a chance to de-stress. Children feel anxious when they see and experience the stress of the adults around them. Below are a few short videos that guide children through these relaxing and focused stories and movement exercises.

Read a children's story about COVID-19 that recognizes the worried feelings and experiences children may be experiencing during the pandemic.

Physical Activity Resources for Children

Provided by: Dr. Chia-Liang (Leo) Dai, Assistant Professor- Teaching & Learning

"I recommend the following websites that introduce several physical activities with little equipment or items that can be found at home. Those activities can be modified based on students’ preferences and skill levels."

Online Physical Education Network: The OPEN website includes resources (i.e., activity guidelines and videos) for meaningful movement opportunities at home that progress students towards physical education and social & emotional learning outcomes. These physical activities require little equipment or items they can easily find around their home. 

Society of Health and Physical Educators: The SHAPEAmerica website offers 101 tips for family fitness fun. This includes ideas to engage in physical activities with components of fitness and fun at home. For example,

  • Practice safe balance “tree pose” or one minute jumping jacks during TV commercials.
  • Carry items (groceries, book bags etc.) in a manner that helps build strength. Note. One U.S. liquid gallon of fresh water weighs roughly 8.34 pounds.
  • Create a backyard obstacle course using some old clay pots, hula hoop, ropes for paths, boards for balance, crates for steps, etc.
  • Use a bench or steps for a step-aerobic workout.
  • Additional Tips

The website also provides Pre-K activities to facilitate move, play and learn at home. It includes strategies for parents to use the space within their homes, the materials and limited time they have to model physical activity at home. The guideline of each activity offers English and Spanish versions. One example activity is basket sox or using rolled-up socks (or other small objects) as a throw set to target a laundry basket. Visit the page for other activities.