As you are aware, a new type of coronavirus, COVID-19, is causing an outbreak of respiratory disease around the world and in the United States. While we do not know where and to what extent the disease may spread, we do know that it is serious, and we must do whatever we can to prevent it from spreading.

Although we are all concerned, we must not panic. Our children are looking to us to help them cope with their anxiety. If we as adults are overly worried, our children will be fearful. We must reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people all over the country stay healthy, and that includes those of us who live in Southern Maryland.

During the next two weeks (March 16th-March 27th) while schools are closed, we wish to assure you that our mental health counseling services are still available to you and your child. The counselor that your child sees either in the school or in the office has your information and will reach out to you to provide counseling services through what is called “telehealth”. This means that instead of meeting with the counselor face to face, the counselor will meet with your child either over the phone, or through video conference. Your counselor will discuss with you what works best and will schedule your child’s appointment. The session will be confidential, and we encourage you to give your child the space and time to speak to the counselor.

If you need help managing your own stress or anxiety during the coming days, or if you have questions about how to help your child cope, feel free to reach out to your child’s counselor. These are uncertain times for everyone. Your child’s counselor can help you and your child through this challenging time.

We encourage you to call us at the office during the hours of 9:00am-5:00pm at (301) 645-1837 if there are questions. You can also email us at info@tcysb.org, and you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information. Our website address is: http://www.tcysb.org.

Remain safe and informed. Avoid too much media overload and stay positive. We will get through this.

Tri-County Youth Services Bureau