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Managing Distress & Resources Related to Suicide Prevention for Parents/Caregivers


To assist parents/guardians and families, please consider utilizing these important resources and guidance documents on addressing mental health issues.

Social Media and Mental Health

What Selfies Are Doing to Self-Esteem
How they can exacerbate insecurity, anxiety and depression.
Social Media and Self-Doubt
How parents can help kids resist the pressure created by artfully curated social media feeds.
Managing Social Media Stress With Mindfulness
The technique that lets you stay connected while boosting self-awareness.
13 Ways to Boost Your Daughter's Self-Esteem
How to help girls build confidence based on what they can do, not what they look like.
What Is Social Anxiety?
When fear of how you appear gets in the way of functioning.
Tips for Communicating With Your Teen
Keeping the parent-child relationship strong during a tricky age.

COVID-19 Resources

If students/families need support coping with the events of the last few weeks, there is advice and help available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a webpage with information on dealing with fear, anxiety, and stress brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Erika's Lighthouse: We're in This Together: Promoting Positive Mental Health for Teens Feeling Isolated
Coping in the Face of Uncertainty
While nothing in life is certain, the current situation of this pandemic -- with school closures, sports suspensions, calls to work from home and self-quarantine -- serves to make our lives especially uncertain. During this time of uncertainty and quickly changing circumstances, it is normal for people of all ages to experience to feel worried, anxious, as well as a range of other emotions. For some, this anxiety might not be related to getting sick, but other circumstances such as: lack of access to healthcare, financial need that would require you to keep working, loved ones who are more vulnerable to the virus (adults over age 60 or people with compromised immune systems), or past experiences of trauma that left you feeling unsafe or out of control.
Parent Guide to Resilience
Family life has been turned completely upside down from recent events. Good resources that guide how to spend quality time together and collectively improve family resilience are vital.
Ensuring the Resilience and the Well-Being of School Personnel, Students, and Families During and After the Pandemic
Across the United States, school communities and the education agencies that support them, along with their community partners, have risen to the occasions and responded to the challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Educators and faculty have transitioned to distance education, school nutrition staff have prepared and ensured continued food services, bus drivers have delivered meals and more to students and families, school resource officers have conducted wellness checks, administrators have stepped in to fill capacity gaps, and so much more. Most importantly, they have worked together to help ensure continued engagement of their school community, all aimed at health, safety, and resilience. The U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS) and its REMS TA Center sincerely thank you for your continued service to your communities during this challenging time.
Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together
This story was developed to help young children and families talk about their experiences and feelings related to COVID-19 and the need to shelter in place. In the story, the coronavirus has spread to Littletown causing changes in everyone's lives. From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
UCLA Mindfulness Exercises
Additionally, there are 2 PDF attachments to this email (English and Spanish) from the National Association of School Psychologists.
TED TALK: The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage
Harvard Psychologist Susan David shares how the way we deal with our emotions shapes everything that matters: our actions, careers, relationships, health and happiness. In this deeply moving, humorous and potentially life-changing talk, she challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth and discusses the powerful strategies of emotional agility. A talk to share.
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