Megan, 13, and Cedric, 17, tell how missing out on activities left them feeling isolated. Discovering their strengths, and frank talks with their parents, helped them cope and built their resilience. Dr. Jonathan Jenkins a child psychologist at Mass General Hospital, and Dr. Daniel Dickstein, a child psychiatrist and pediatrician at McLean Hospital, point out what works. Check out Tips and Strategies and Megan and her mom, 18 months later, below.

Megan, 20 months later

How conversations with her parents built her resilience.

Megan, 20 months later

How the pandemic strengthened her friendships.

Megan's mom Colleen, 20 months later

How lessons from the pandemic have helped Megan mature.

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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