COVID-19 Updates: See cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for news, information, and status of City services.

Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

311 City Services
  • Online Services
  • For City services in many
  • languages, call
  • 311 or 510-981-2489

Translation Disclaimer

Quick Links

 

City Manager's Office
City Manager's Office
Press Contact: Matthai Chakko, (510) 981-7008

SUPPORTING KIDS’ MENTAL HEALTH DURING A PANDEMIC
Recommendations from our Mental Health Division Manager, Steven Grolnic-McClurg, LCSW

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, June 09, 2020) - With some children feeling cut off from friends and other support systems during this pandemic, developing conversations with your kids can be essential to support them. As the Manager of Berkeley's Mental Health Division, I have some suggestions that may help you.

The shelter in place can bring feelings of disappointment as many long-planned activities and events are postponed, cancelled, or altered. Children may also have questions or be confused about the new virus. People of any age, from kids to adults, can experience increased worry, anxiety and sadness.

Those feelings may prompt certain behaviors. It is not uncommon to see changes including irritability, excessive crying in young children, returning to behaviors that had been outgrown, unhealthy eating or sleeping habits, poor school performance, avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past, or difficulty concentrating.

How to Support Children and Teens

  • Talk to your child or teen 
    Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that they can understand. Start the conversation by asking what they have heard about the virus. Encourage your child to talk about their concerns and share their questions. See below for age appropriate resources.
  • Provide reassurance that they are safe 
    Before starting a conversation, take the time to manage your own anxiety and fears. A calm demeanor and voice will help reassure your child. Let your child or teen know it is ok if they feel upset and take their fears seriously. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit exposure to news coverage 
    Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand. Limit exposure to news, including social media.
  • Keep to a routine 
    Try to keep up with regular routines. As local schools are now closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities. Exercise, journaling and drawing can be enjoyable activities that also help children process and manage anxiety.
  • Model healthy behaviors 
    One of the best things you can do to support children in your life is to practice healthy behaviors yourself.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

Resources for Families, Parents and Children

  • Coping After a Disaster, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an activity book to help younger children.

Resources for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances

The City of Berkeley Mental Health Family, Youth and Children's Clinic is open by phone.  If you have a child or youth with a serious emotional disturbance and need treatment, the Mental Health Division offers phone assessment, Monday through Friday, 9am -4pm at (510) 981-7642.

The COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing brings challenges to both children and adults. Take the time to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Find opportunities to make positive changes as the outbreak continues.

Visit cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for additional information on COVID-19, additional articles on supporting your mental health, recommendations from Berkeley Public Health, and changes to City services.

###

Keep up with City of Berkeley news via our News page, email or .

Home | Residents | Businesses | Visitors | Services | Elected Officials
Web Policy | Text-Only Site Map | Contact Us
City of Berkeley - Central Administrative Offices, 2180 Milvia St, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903