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Week of 5/18/2020

Hello all and welcome to another issue of MindBeat!

It's hard to believe that this most unusual of school years is winding down.  Thanks so much to all of you for what you're doing to support our students- whether you're an educator, a clinical professional or a parent, it is your efforts that are not just succeeding in educating our young people, but in providing them with stability and emotional support during this uncertain time.  We hope you find the below resources helpful as we navigate through the end of this school year.

All my best, 

Duncan Young
CEO, Effective School Solutions

Article of the Week

Helping with Student Anxiety During the Global COVID-19 Crisis
The COVID-19 health crisis is contributing to a spike in fear and anxiety in adults and children. Both are struggling to adapt to distance learning in addition to changes in family routines and demands. It is only natural that anxiety is higher when we haven’t experienced an environment like this before. Read our article for tips to help you and your students cope with anxiety. 


Upcoming Webinars
May 20th, 4:00 PM EDT
COVID-19 and Trauma: Using the Trauma-Attuned Model® to Support Students 
articipants will understand how COVID-19 can affect students who have experienced trauma, and learn actionable strategies for supporting students with trauma in their backgrounds. This session is appropriate for teachers and aides.
May 27th, 4:00 PM EDT
Dealing with Challenging Homebound Kids? Try the Nurtured Heart Approach®
In this presentation, participants will learn how to use the Nurtured Heart Approach® to find the greatness in our students and children- a great approach to interacting with students during these times of school closure. This session is appropriate for teachers, aides and parents.
Mental Health Moments #25-27
Week of May 18th, 2020
Mental Health Moment #25

Mind Dump
Submitted by Virginia Abrey
ESS Clinical Coordinator

Take out a piece of paper and write down all the things that are jumbled in your head.  There doesn't have to be any rhyme or reason to it, and it doesn't have to look pretty. Just getting it all out is so freeing!  Maybe, set a timer for 5 minutes to just write down what is in your head.  Afterwards, it can be helpful for some people to crumple it up and throw it away. For others, it can be helpful to talk about it with someone else.

Mental Health Moment #26

Building Connections
Submitted by Nicole Merlo-White
ESS Clinician

Feeling connected is one way to regulate stress levels. During this time of social isolation, it may feel as though building connections are difficult to achieve.  One suggestion on how to build connections is to pay it forward to someone today, whether they know you are doing it or not. Pay for another car's order in a drive through. Send a neighbor a care package through post mates or Pea Pod… be creative. Take notice of how you feel.


Mental Health Moment #27: Bedroom Dance Party

submitted by Federico Lucas, ESS Clinician


Dance parties in your bedroom can be fun and helpful for a myriad of different reasons.  Whether you are feeling depressed, unmotivated, or bored, turning on upbeat music from one of your favorite "positive/upbeat" playlists and dancing around in your room is a great way to shift your energy and your mindset.

Dance and movement in general, can be a useful tool to help snap yourself out of a funk. You can choose to dance in a very exaggerated energetic way, jump and shake, or instead chose to move in slow, calm, rhythmic motions

This is an activity that you can do alone, or as a family.  

Key Numbers:
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline text TalkWithUs to 66746
The Crisis Text Line text TALK to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
Autism Response Team 1-800-AUTISM2 (English) 1-888-772-9050 (Spanish) 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM all time zones 
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