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We will continue to update our Recent Events page with the latest resources on coping with the coronavirus and how best to support your children during this time over the coming days and weeks. 

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Common Sense Media is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing trustworthy information and education to help them thrive in the digital age. Their website includes articles on topics such as cellphones, managing screen time more broadly, social media including Snapchat & TikTok, games including Fortnite etc. There are also reviews of apps and movies/TV shows to help parents assess whether they are suitable for their age child. 

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The Pew Research Center report on "The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World" explores the negative impacts and positive supports of technology in the 21st century, and looks ahead to answer the question: "Over the next decade, how will changes in digital life impact people’s overall well-being physically and mentally?" The report summarizes responses from technology experts, scholars and health specialists.

Seize the Awkward and Guild Wars 2 joined forces for Guild Wars 2's annual Friend/Ships celebration to encourage friends to reach out and start a conversation about mental health. This film showcases real stories of Guild Wars 2 players who have met and supported friends with their mental health through the game To learn how to start a conversation with a friend that may be struggling or going through a tough time visit https://seizetheawkward.org.

Drugs and alcohol affect teens differently because your brains are still developing until age 25. This site has useful educational information, so you can make informed choices.

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention service to LGBTQ people under 25. Their website saims to support young people through resources and phone/text lines and an online chat service.

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Have you ever seen a concerning post by a friend or acquaintance on facebook and been unsure what to do? There's a simple option to flag the post, which then connects the person with resources, including the Crisis Text Line's messenger chat. 

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The Crisis Text Line is a 24/7 text service for anyone who's experiencing a crisis and needs to talk. Trained volunteer counselors help thousands of people every day with suicidal thoughts, self-harm, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, friend and family conflict, and other challenges.