During this challenging time of navigating COVID-19 precautionary measures, there is significant uncertainty and disruption to our daily routines. Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides an opportunity to not only build school-based skills such as communication, teamwork, and valuing the perspective of others but likewise allows us to build greater resilience, mindfulness, and the ability to manage stress during challenging times. In other words, we need SEL now more than ever and we have collected a number of relevant resources for parents, guardians, and students to use at home.
Our counselors are here for you and would love to help in any way they can. Please feel free to reach out to any one of them. Additionally, Van ISD employs a licensed professional counselor that you can reach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- JE RHODES ELEMENTARY - Jeanette Hughes, email@example.com
- VAN INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL - Janice Mulford, firstname.lastname@example.org
- VAN MIDDLE SCHOOL - Lori Adams, email@example.com
- VAN JUNIOR HIGH - Marcie Hutchins, firstname.lastname@example.org
- VAN HIGH SCHOOL - Bill Giles, email@example.com; Kelley Kellam, firstname.lastname@example.org; Amanda Weiss, email@example.com
- You or someone you know is a danger to themselves or others
- Someone is a danger to you or others
- Other life-related emergency concerns
24 Hour Crisis Hotlines:
- 214-828-1000 Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas
- 866-260-8000 ADAPT Community Solutions (Mobile Crisis Unit)
- 800-442-4673 National Hopeline Network
- 800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Line
- Text 741741 24-Hour Crisis Text Line Text "CONNECT"
- 855-427-2736 National Parent Helpline
- 800-4-A-CHILD National Child Abuse Hotline
- Dial 911
- To report child abuse or neglect, contact law enforcement or Child Protective Services. If you are a student, call 911.
Healthy Coping Strategies to Manage Stress and Anxiety
Everyone has feelings of anxiety, nervousness, tension, and stress from time to time. That's normal. Recognize and acknowledge that you feel anxiety.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
Deep breathing helps to relax a major nerve that runs from the diaphragm to the brain, sending a message to the entire body to let go and loosen up.
Get Sleep, Nourishment, and Exercise
Get the right amount of sleep for your needs, not too much or too little. Eat well: choose fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains for long-term energy (instead of the short bursts that come from too much sugar or caffeine). Exercise to send oxygen to every cell in the body so that your brain and body can operate at their best.
Connect With Others
While following current CDC recommendations of social distancing, spend time with friends or family. Organized activities are great, but just hanging out works too, even utilizing FaceTime or other virtual platforms. Doing things with those we feel close to deepens our bonds, allowing us to feel supported and secure. The fun and sharing that go with it allow us to feel happier and less upset about things.
Connect With Nature
Being outside can help you feel peaceful and grounded.
Pay Attention to the Good Things
A great way to keep our minds off the worry track is to focus our thoughts on the things that are good, beautiful, and positive. Appreciate the small, everyday blessings. Use positive self-talk!
Note: When anxiety and worry feel extreme, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. For someone who has an anxiety disorder, getting proper care from a health professional is important.
WELLNESS & SELF CARE
- Self Care Journal
- Self Care Tips for Virtual Learning
- I Am Present Mindfulness App
- Social/Emotional Online Lessons
STRESS & ANXIETY
EXPERT RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
- How to Deal with Stress & Anxiety
- Webinar for parents on coping with stress during COVID-19
- Webinar for mental health providers about how to provide support to students during this time
- Comprehensive resources for parents on childmind.org in both English and Spanish
- Twice daily Facebook Live videochats with expert clinicians
- Daily parent tips on childmind.org, Facebook, Instagram, and via email newsletter
- Support and information for young people, including clinician tips distributed together with The Jed Foundation and Crisis Text Line and daily empowering content on social media
- Parenting in the Time of Coronavirus Facebook group