Free Online Support Groups Available Through COVID Recovery Iowa

 COVID Recovery Iowa has begun offering virtual support groups for parents, teens and pre-teens.

Mandy Gesme, Child and Family Team Lead for COVID Recovery Iowa, said the organization has been getting many requests from parents for activities they can do with their children, and advice for how to help their teenagers through the pandemic.

“We thought it would be great to give them the chance to talk to each other with their ideas and strategies,” Gesme said. “It’s just one more resource we can provide.”

COVID Recovery Iowa is for all Iowans who have been affected in ANY way by COVID-19. In addition to support groups, activities and resources, COVID Recovery Iowa offers FREE, confidential virtual counseling to all Iowans. Activities include cooking classes, yoga and meditation and more to help Iowans through this stressful time.

Parents, your group will meet via Zoom on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Find out more by emailing

Gesme and her team are also hearing about how the pandemic is affecting teenagers. “The support group can be an outlet for teens to talk about what is frustrating about this situation and why this summer feels different than last summer. “ Gesme said it is very hard for anyone, especially teenagers, to figure out how to navigate relationships via social media. Some teens may also be faced with extra responsibilities due to the pandemic. “Whether it’s for family financial support, child care or extra duties around the house because their parents are essential workers,” Gesme said.

“It is also helpful for teens to understand that they are not the only ones who are struggling. This will be an opportunity for them to meet and talk with other teens all over the state.”

The Red Oak Express

2012 Commerce Drive
P.O. Box 377
Red Oak, IA 51566
Phone: 712-623-2566 Fax: 712-623-2568

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