Tell an adult if you or a friend is in a crisis. The school counselor is available during school hours and can connect you with resources. Call 911 if you or a friend needs immediate assistance.
Resources For Parents
50% of adult mental health problems begin by age 14. [source] It’s never too early to start thinking about our children’s mental health and well-being. Luckily, parents and families can do a lot to help create healthy environments that support mental health in our kids. Being diligent and aware of changes in attitude, potential bullying situations and overall demeanor can help identify potential problems before they go too far. Use these resources to learn more about mental health and how to engage the kids in your life in conversation around important topics.
Community Low Fee Counseling Services – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lcleIYghEfyRgNvQhHpu7SGrC5iTx-tCc2fkyoGmBw0/edit?usp=sharing
Know The Signs
This is an interactive website that aims at educating on the warning signs, finding the words and how to reach out (including resources).
Suicide Prevention 101 For Parents
The webinar provides information about suicide prevention for parents, including warning signs for suicide, how to have a conversation with your teen, actions to take if your teen is having suicidal thoughts, and resources.
The Jason Foundation
This website features a Parent Resource Program.
Teens and Suicide: What Parents Should Know
The website includes facts and talks about what parents can do. It also includes a recorded webinar ” What Parents Can Do – Promoting Mental Wellness In Our Children”
Grounding Techniques: Utilized to build the social and emotional learning competency of self-management, grounding techniques have been found to help children, youth and young adults self regulate their emotions. These exercises can be taught both in the classroom setting, via distance learning and with parents at home. The Waterford organization, provides the following grounding techniques to try with children:
Resources For Students
Directing Change – Program and Film Contest
This is a student and young adult film contest; only student and youth or young adult produced entries are eligible. The website also includes great educational resources for teens including a video on how to help a friend, warning signs and risk factors.
Be True And Be You – A basis mental health guide for LGBTQ+ youth
Wellness and Regulating Activities
Mindfulness classes for Kids – https://www.mindfulschools.org/free-online-mindfulness-class-for-kids/
Positive and Negative Self Talk – https://www.centervention.com/positive-self-talk-for-kids/
Self Care Toolkit – https://gritx.org/self-toolkit/
Healthy versus Unhealthy Coping Strategies – https://www.therapistaid.com/worksheets/healthy-unhealthy-coping-strategies.pdf and https://imscounselingblog.blogspot.com/2018/10/100-coping-strategies.html
Headspace Meditations – https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
Guided Meditations – https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/mindful-meditations Movement and Mindfulness videos – https://www.gonoodle.com/
Coping Skills and Strategies – https://www.thehelpfulcounselor.com/18-coping-skills-strategies-for-children-and-teens/