Family Workshop (and Resources): Holiday Mental Health

On December 19, 2020, school counselor Brooke Shafer and school-based therapist Julie Klein—a.k.a. Ms. Brooke and Ms. Julie—presented an online family workshop on supporting mental health, addressing challenging emotions, and connecting with loved ones over the holidays. Watch a recording of the workshop on the Creative Minds YouTube channel.

See these articles, courtesy of Brooke and Julie, for tips on helping children cope during what may be a more challenging and less socially connected holiday season than in years past:

Brooke and Julie recommend these community and national organizations for the behavioral-health support they offer to families:

National Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741.

Catholic Charities: ChAMPS Local crisis line, ages 6 to 17: (202) 481-1440

DC Health Access HelpLine for Adults: 1 (888) 793-4357

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1 (800) 273-8255

Paving the Way

Julie comes to Creative Minds through our partnership with Paving the Way.

Please email Brooke Shafer ( or Julie Klein ( with questions about the resources that are linked to from this page or accessing support for your child.