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Mental Health Resources
Modify and use the following language in communications with parents and teachers:
In this unprecedented time of upheaval and uncertainty, students, parents and educators are understandably anxious and worried. Fear about the new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in children and adults. In addition, public actions such as physical distancing can make people feel isolated and lonely. Finding ways to cope with stress in a healthy way is important.
School district name has compiled a list of resources that can help both children and adults manage stress.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coping with Stress
- Fact Sheet: Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) (COVID-19 Resources)
- Reducing Fear and Taking Care of Yourself
- Tools for Educators During a Public Health Crisis
- Messaging on How to calm your child's anxiety during coronavirus - Children's Hospital
- How to help teens during Coronavirus outbreak - Children's Hospital
- Reducing fear and taking care of yourself - CDPHE
- Fact Sheet: How parents can help their kids cope (English/Spanish) - CDPHE
How to talk with kids about their fears
Kids will have questions about coronavirus, and they are sensitive to the stress and fear of adults around them. Taking care of your stress will help kids reduce their own fear. Resources are available to help adults talk with kids about COVID-19.
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019
- WHO Infographic Helping Children Cope
- National Association of School Psychologists Helping Kids Cope
How to be calm for children in time of crisis
- Random Acts of Kindness Resources
- Sources of Strengths Resources
- 99 Coping Skills
- Sanford Harmony Game Room - Free mobile app with a relaxation game.
Drop-in messaging for students
COVID-19 has made life harder for some of us, and life was already hard in some cases. Changes to our daily lives and worries about how this will all work out can feel overwhelming. Maybe it feels like too much.
Your feelings are valid. It is normal to feel anxious or afraid, and you don’t have to carry these things alone. Whatever you’re feeling, whatever you’re afraid of, there’s a good chance that millions of people in this exact moment feel exactly the same.
It’s OK to ask for help. It’s not weak; it’s brave, and it gives others permission to ask for help too. Others help us find resources and new ideas about what to do. We can help each other feel less alone. This is a time to lean on each other.
Everyone struggles at times, but if a problem is lasting too long, is too intense or feels like more than you can handle or is impacting your daily activities, that is a sign to reach out for help.
If you are immediately concerned about yourself or a friend, use the following resources:
- Colorado Crisis Services offers free, confidential, professional, 24/7 support. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255
- Safe2Tell is available to accept calls and texts if you are worried about a friend. Call 1-877-542-7233 or download the app.
- Find behavioral health resources that serve your county by visiting the Colorado Behavioral Health Council's webpage for COVID-19.
- The Trevor Project offers crisis intervention for LGBTQQ youth: 866-488-7386; Text “START” to 678678, or chat live on the website
- Trans Lifeline offers support for the trans community: 24/7 Hotline 877-565-8860
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Colorado State Emergency Operations Center: Updates on COVID-19
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): "Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Managing Anxiety and Stress" contains basic guidance on managing mental health stressors during COVID-19.
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) blog post, "Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty" provides five suggestions for coping with the uncertainty due to COVID-19.