Elementary School-Age and Preteens

Jaziel and Stephen, 8 and 13 years old, recall how their mom Kristel kept them hopeful through hard times. Charlotte, 12, and her parents describe how the pandemic affected their family. Charlotte’s friend, Victoria, describes how she stays positive. Dr. Paula K. Rauch, a child psychiatrist at Mass General Hospital, draws lessons from their experience. Check out Tips and Strategies and Charlotte, her parents and Victoria, 20-months later, below.

Charlotte, 20 months later

How talking with her parents gave her hope.

Charlotte, 20 months later

How things are different.

Charlotte's parents, Tania and George, 20 months later

What the pandemic taught Charlotte.

Victoria, 20 months later

How she will carry lessons from the pandemic forward.

Tips & Strategies

Our Tips and Strategies underscore expert’s key points. 


Our Conversation Guide offers expert's guidance to support individual or group conversations.


Download Ways to Use Our Program in corporate, school, and other community settings. 

Additional Resources

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline


Anxiety and Depression Association of America


Community Crises and Disasters: A Parent’s Guide to Talking with Children of all Ages, Mass General Hospital, Marjorie E. Korff PACT Program

Depression: True Stories    This video, with Discussion Guide, features three young adults, including former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw, who describe living with depression and thoughts of suicide. They tell how treatment transformed their lives. (26 minutes) Recommended grades 6 through college, parents, and other caregivers.

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Depression Warning Signs in Adolescents and Young Adults     Excerpted from Words Can Work: When Talking About Depression

Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World's Most Popular Weed, Dr. Kevin Hill, Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Massachusetts Association for Mental Health      Offering educational and advocacy resource

Words Can Work E-books and Videos

Resources to support conversations with kids about challenges they face growing up. Created with experts from Harvard Medical School and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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