Your Weekly Student
Mental Health Toolkit

Week of 5/26/2020

Hello MindBeat family! 

I hope this note finds you all well and coping with the challenges and uncertainties of the past couple of months.  Now is the time when the children we’re serving need us more than ever- whether you’re an educator or a parent, thanks so much for all that you’re doing to support.  It has been heartening in the past few weeks to see the fact that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on student mental health is becoming a story of national focus- the below article from Forbes is a good example of that.  But awareness of the issue is just step 1- we now need to act and ensure that every school district has a plan in place to create a seamless mental health safety net for students in the fall.  At MindBeat, we’ll be sharing more and more feedback for districts in the coming weeks about the nature of the challenges students are likely to face, and what they can to do to start to prepare. 

Again, thanks for all that you do and have a great week!

Duncan Young
CEO, Effective School Solutions

Article of the Week

It's Not Children's Education We Should Be Worried About, It's Their Mental Health

Nick Morrison, of Forbes Magazine, discusses the impact of school closures and distance learning on the mental health of students.


Upcoming Webinars
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.
June 3rd, 4:00 PM EDT
Recognizing Child and Adolescent Depression During a Pandemic
In this presentation participants will gain an awareness of the signs and symptoms of child and adolescent depression, and the impact that social isolation is playing on its increased prevalence. This session is appropriate for teachers, aides and parents.
Mental Health Moments #28-30
Week of May 26th, 2020
Mental Health Moment #28
Social Media Cleanup Submitted by Laura McClinton, ESS Clinical Coordinator

Spring is finally here, and with it comes the opportunity for spring cleaning. While most people will focus on cleaning their homes, yards, etc… another good idea is to take a few moments to clean up your social media accounts. Make a conscious effort to follow more sites that bring you positivity while unfollowing people and sites that create more anxiety within you.


Mental Health Moment #29

Someday Soon Jars Submitted by Kelly Deegan, ESS Clinical Coordinator

Just because we are currently limited in what we can do, and where we can go, does not mean that things will be this way forever. Try creating a “Someday Soon Jar”.  Create a list of things that you would like to do, places you would like to go, things you would like to learn, etc. You and your family can add to your list of things that you will do when the social distancing is over.  Write each one on a piece of paper and put it into the jar. As social restrictions are lifted, go back to the papers and read what you have listed… you may be surprised and be able to complete some of them. Turn your frustration into anticipation!


Mental Health Moment #30
Coping Skills Box Submitted by Vanessa Boykewich, ESS Clinician

A Coping Skills Box is a box filled with objects that can help you to regulate your mood, increase focus, and / or self-soothe as needed. You can create your own Coping Skills Box by using markers to decorate a cardboard or shoe box you may have laying around. You can write a list of your favorite


coping skills on the outside, and fill the inside with things  like Play-Doh, therapeutic putty, small puzzles, fidget spinners, cards that prompt stretching / yoga poses, art supplies, and so much more!

During times of distress, it can be particularly difficult to think rationally and decide how to best help ourselves. Keeping a toolkit like this in a prominent and handy place is a great reminder to utilize healthy skills when you or anyone else in your family is feeling overwhelmingly distressed.

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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