Mental Health Resources

Updated on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 3:23pm

Mental Health Resources

Recommendations from School Counseling, Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning

Emotional Wellbeing Activities

During times of stress, it is important that we maintain a sense of connectedness and engage your students in conversation around their thoughts, feelings, and fears. The following activities and resources are available to support in engaging your student in activities around emotional connectedness. 

Planning for your future

Take advantage of this extended spring break to work on applications for summer experiences, plans for next year, FAFSA, scholarship applications, career and college exploration.  

Tips for talking with your kids

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, offers the following suggestions for taking care of your mental health in times of uncertainty:

  • Separate what is in your control from what is not.
  • Do what helps you feel a sense of safety.
  • Get outside in nature - even if you are avoiding crowds.
  • Challenge yourself to stay in the present. 
  • Stay connected and reach out if you need more support. 
  • Limit screen time
  • Maintain routines and schedules

Apps for students and parents

When to seek help

Check In

Take a moment to pull your child away from siblings and go on a walk, visit a coffee shop, go to the mall, etc. While engaging in something enjoyable for you both, ask them how they are doing. If they are feeling down, listen (without judgement) and ask the tough questions.

  • How often would you say you are sad? 
  • Can you identify what may be making you feel so much stress right now? 
  • Are you feeling suicidal? 
  • If anything in the world could be different to make you feel less (stressed, anxious, sad ,worried, mad, etc.) what would it be? 
  • Finally, remind them that you are here to support them in honoring their emotions and problem solving.

Mental Health Concern

If you are worried about your child, but it is not related to immediate safety (anxiety, stress, serious friendship issues, etc.) it may be worth exploring some outside supports. Here are some steps to take when trying to find an outside counselor:

  • Contact your health insurance for a list of covered providers
  • Talk with your employer to see if you have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Ask your child’s primary care physician for referrals/ideas
  • If your family does not have insurance, take a look at some more flexible alternatives such as Community Reach Center

Safety Concern

If at any point you are worried for your child’s immediate safety (or their friend’s, cousin’s, etc.), please reach out for help from a mental health professional immediately. This help sheet can serve as a guide for navigating this scary and important situation.

 

Visit our Mental Health Resource page for more information