Sometimes life can be overwhelming and it can be hard to work through difficult times. The resources shared were compiled to assist in identifying different strategies for managing emotions. We hope these tools will provide helpful ideas and supports when life is challenging.
The following resources are for educational purposes and are not intended as mental health intervention or a substitute for mental health treatment. If you are in need of psychological help seek assistance from a licensed mental health professional.
Stanislaus County Office of Education Prevention Programs, invites you to join the conversation between two psychotherapists with over 20 years’ experience in mental health and education. Hosts, Jennifer Baker LMFT and Jennifer Johnson LCSW respond to “real questions” from those working in education on current mental health topics impacting students, families and educators. Listen in as they break down complex theory and translate it into friendly language, along with practical strategies that you can use today. Local leading experts in mental health and education will also be joining the conversation from time to time to share ideas, stories and experiences to support schools as centers for well-being.
WEBINARS AND EVENTS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING TOPICS
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. #SuicidePreventionWeek is Sept. 5th - 11th. Anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background, can have suicidal thoughts. By recognizing the signs, finding the words to start a conversation, and reaching out to local resources, you have the power to make a difference. The power to save a life.
FREE training for those working in Education as well as Middle and High Schools Students remains currently available to view at: https://www.lwyouthsummit.com/access-training
Students receive 90-minutes of Community Service Time upon completion!
“Compassionate Self-Care During Challenging Times” All of us are working very hard under unusual circumstances. It is during these times that we must learn to take care of ourselves. The concept of self-care is talked about often and at times we might struggle with some “real” steps to take to ensure self-care. This presentation will look at the importance of self-compassion in order to achieve self-care. The literature shares with us, that we cannot care for ourselves unless we learn to be compassionate with ourselves.
Trauma Informed Practices in Education (3-Part Video Series) Trauma can have a direct, immediate, and potentially overwhelming impact on the ability of a child to learn. Educators can begin to understand the role of trauma, its effect on children and learning, and how educators can change methods of interacting and responding to children impacted by trauma. By adopting a trauma-informed approach, schools undertake a paradigm shift at the staff and organizational level to recognize, understand and address the learning needs of children impacted by trauma. This requires a commitment to shaping school culture, practices, and policies to be sensitive to the needs of traumatized learners. This effort positively impacts schools and changes the life-trajectory of vulnerable students. These three video modules will help explain the changes in the brain due to trauma and how those changes effect behaviors as well as relational exchanges between teacher and student. Teachers will also learn some basic intervention practices to help create success for both teacher and student
Training in Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adult Mental Health First Aid is offered through the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Prevention Programs' to school districts within Stanislaus County. If you are interested in bringing these trainings to your educational staff contact jbaker [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org
for more information.
Building a Network of Safety for School Communities Suicide Prevention Webinar Series
Past webinar recordings are located on the California Department of Education Facebook page under Videos
Students join together for a three-day virtual experience to:
- Connect with their peers across California
- Hear from engaging speakers to be equipped with practical tools for wellness
- Increase mental health awareness and advocacy for themselves and their friends
- Learn about suicide prevention
- Reduce stigma around mental health
TEEN GUIDE TO MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Click on pictures for more information and to download images. Adapted from the San Diego Office of Education.
GET HELP NOW
*For help with a mental health or life-threatening emergency, call 911
- Stanislaus County Community Services Response Team
Access Line:(209) 558-4600
Available 24 hours, 7 days a week
Spanish Language Capabilities - Call to access services or request psychiatric evaluation
- Stanislaus 2-1-1 - Connecting Stanislaus County Residents to Current Health & Human Services, a program of United Way of Stanislaus County, is a comprehensive information and referral service for Stanislaus County, connecting callers with health and human services information and referrals available to them. 2-1-1 Stanislaus County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in over 120 languages through phone interpretation services.
- Stanislaus County Warm Line
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Stanislaus County residents can call the Warm Line at (209) 558-4600 when they are:
- having a hard time making it through the day - but are not in a crisis
- needing a caring listener to provide effective feedback to help explore options
- wants some support, assistance and resources toward recovery
- This is a mental health consumer-run program providing non-crisis intervention, offering peer support, referrals, and shared experiences of hope and recover
- On-Site Peer Support and Warm Line services are offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (209) 558-4600 and are funded by Stanislaus County Behavioral Health.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 1 (800) 273-8255. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals
- Personas que hablan español, llamen a the Lifeline al 888-682-9454.
- For teens, call the TEEN LINE at 310-855-4673 or text TEEN to 839863. •
- For veterans, call the Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1.
- For LGBTQ youth, call The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386 or text START to 678678.
- For transgender people, call the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860.
- For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, call the Lifeline at 800-799-4889.
- For law enforcement personnel, call the COPLINE at 800-267-5463.
- For other first responders, call the Fire/EMS Helpline at 888-731-FIRE (3473)
- Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741. Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. People from anywhere in the US can text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.
- Disaster Distress Helpline - Call 1 (800) 985-5990 or text TALKWITHUS to 66746. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
- The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace.
RECURSOS EN ESPANOL (Resources in Spanish)
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT RESOURCES
Stanislaus County Office of Education Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources - includes resources to support social and emotional learning for students as well as educators to promote the collective healing of our society.
Information for Teens
- Help A Friend In Need - Practical tips on how to recognize warning signs that a friend might be in emotional distress and need your help.
- NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center
- Brain XP is dedicated to ending the stigma toward other teenagers who suffer from mental health issues. The site includes the following resources:
- A 5-Part Coping Skills Series for young people with over 100 coping skills to help students. A young person only needs to find 1 or 2 coping skills they really enjoy to make their anxiety and isolation more manageable,
- Brain XP also has positive social media content: Brain XP Blog and Brain XP Instagram (@brainxpproject). All of our content is created by teens for other teens, and all of our resources can be accessed online.
Information for Parents and Caregivers
- California Parent and Youth Helpline - Provides emotional support and referrals for parents and youth both English, Spanish and other languages. Available 8 am-8 pm Monday - Sunday 1-855-427-2736
Apps for Well-Being
- Calm - Find your calm, sleep more, stress less, and live better.
- Calm Harm - Manages Self Harm - Free app that provides teens with dozens of ways to derail self harm impulses. Five-and 15-minute activities and an in-app timer help users turn their attention to healthier ways to handle emotions and manage impulses to hurt themselves.
- Chill - Mindfulness reminders with daily quotes and inspiration.
- Clear Fear - provides you with a range of ways to manage the symptoms of anxiety.
- Happify - App for stress and worry.
- Headspace - App for meditation and sleep.
- Insight Timer - App for sleep, anxiety, and stress.
- Intend - A simple, powerful way to focus your intention, raise awareness, change behavior, and elevate mood. What do you intend to do today?
- Mindshift TM CBT - Helps you learn to relax and be mindful develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take change of your anxiety.
- Peak - Brain training. Reach Peak performance with over 40 unique games, each one developed by neuroscientists and game experts to challenge your cognitive skills and push you further.
Websites for Well-Being
- Greater Good Science Center - Studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society,
- UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness - Is a multifaceted program of clinical care, professional training, education, research, and outreach intended to further the practice and integration of mindfulness into the lives of individuals throughout the healthcare and educational system, including patients, healthcare providers, students, teachers, and businesspeople.
Managing Stress and Anxiety
- Care for your Coronavirus Anxiety Toolkit - Resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty from Shine and Mental Health America.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Manage Anxiety and Stress - Information on managing anxiety and stress from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Managing Anxiety Around COVID-19 - Tips for you and your school community from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
- The Pandemic Toolkit Parents Need - Eight expert tips to help families stay regulated during times of uncertainty and stress.
- California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief during COVID-19 - This guide was developed to help manage stress response.
Helping Children and Families Cope with COVID-19
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers this resource to help people think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family—physically and emotionally—and what people can do to help their family cope.
- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers resources to help children cope with disasters.
- Help for Students in Crisis - Resources for addressing mental health and wellness while school sites are closed from the California Department of Education (CDE).
Talking to Children About COVID-19
- Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events - The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents, teachers, child care providers, and others who work closely with children to filter information about the crisis and present it in a way that their child can accommodate, adjust to, and cope.
- How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus - The New York Times offers tips from a pediatrician, psychologists, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and a safety expert on what to tell children about the coronavirus and how to tell them.
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 - Information from the National Association of School Psychologists on teaching children positive preventive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infection.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) book that parents can read with their children, “Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together,” to spark discussion about their feelings related to all of the challenges of COVID. It also includes a parent guide.
Webinar https://piploproductions.com/trinka-and-sam-virus/ on how to utilize the book
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION