Suicide awareness and prevention are important. Suicidal thinking is serious. It does not always mean a person will take their own life. Suicidal thinking can be a symptom of a deeper unresolved issue. Having a plan for suicide is much more serious than just thinking or talking about it.
Here are some warning signs (from Mass General Hospital):
- Talking about wanting to die or killing themselves
- Feeling hopeless, trapped, or having no reason to live
- Feeling like a burden to others
- Looking for ways to end their lives, such as searching online or buying weapons
- Withdrawing from loved ones or feeling isolated
- Increasing use of drugs or alcohol
- Displaying extreme mood swings
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Acting reckless, agitated, or anxious
- Feeling hopeless or in despair followed by sudden relief or improvement. This can be a sign that a person has made a suicide plan and feels relieved that they will no longer be in pain if they end their life.
Please check out our new fact sheet for suicide awareness and prevention resources and ways to help.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many disruptions in daily life and financial setbacks for people throughout the state. Here are updated Massachusetts resources for you to get public health updates, protect your identity, and learn about employment rights and unemployment benefits.
- Consumer Financial Protection
- My Financial Life
- Financial Education
- Guidance on COVID-19 Resources and Consumer Scams
- Unemployment and COVID-19
- Employee Rights and Employer Obligations
INDEX has updated our Bullying, Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment fact sheet with new resources related to diverse populations. We hope that you will find these resources helpful in school, work and personal life. Stopping and preventing Bullying and Harassment are important in the US today.
Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. It can be actions like name calling, hitting, kicking or spitting, telling lies and spreading rumors, taking things that belong to someone else, or forcing others to do things they do not want to do The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. Children and adults with disabilities are 3 times more often to be involved with bullying or harassment than non-disabled peers.
Bullying, Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment
We recently added a new page Info for Self-Advocates on DisabilityInfo.org that lists COVID-19 plain language information and videos. Tools l ike communication boards and health passport have been added. Support tips and things to do while sheltering in place may also be useful for Self-Advocates, caregivers and family.
Info for Self-Advocates
Here are some communication tools that can be used for people with disabilities, people who are unable to speak and non-English speakers.
Covid-19 Core Communication Boards – A Free Resource for Medical Communication
These communication boards are helpful for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to talk with doctors, nurses and other medical providers.
Free Communication Tools
Boards and tools include Pediatric Pain Scale, Letter Boards, Medical Decision Making, Adult General Needs, Pediatric General Needs and Creating Your Own Boards.
Free Bilingual Communication Tools
Bilingual Communication Tools are available in Arabic/English, Bulgarian/English, Chinese Simplified/English, Chinese Traditional English, French/English, German/English, Hebrew/English, German/English, Italian/English, Portuguese/English, Spanish/English. These Communication tools verified by a certified medical interpreter are now available.
If you push a manual wheelchair or use other types of assistive technology (AT), there are unique precautions you should take related to hand washing. COVID-19 can survive on the surfaces of your wheelchair or AT which you come in frequent contact with, such as the handrims. Any virus that might be on your hands is transferred to your handrims as you push your wheelchair.
WC AT COVID-19 Precautions 1mb 2020-03-27 0745 (pdf)
Information courtesy of Peter Axelson MSME, ATP, RET Manual wheelchair user and leader of Beneficial Designs.
At CANDO, we are acutely aware that unexpected changes require thoughtful support for persons with ASD or NDD. We have put together a list of resources to help with explaining COVID-19, ideas for creating supportive schedules for the day, and various activities to support positive interactions and successful engagement, including indoor movement activities! Please note that it is important to consider the youth’s developmental level when applying these strategies.
Plain language information on COVID-19 Corona Virus. .
Please read and share with others.
COVID-19 Corona Virus. (pdf)
Important information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Please read and share with others.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Read this important information from the CDC about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Please share with others.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Stop the Spread of Germs
Please read and share this important information to ways to stop the spread of germs (pdf). Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.
*** Please also read the COVID-19 information on the CDC site