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Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 Mental Health Support Resources

*Compiled by the Idaho State Department of Education and Soda Springs School District

Tips for working from home with children

SODA SPRINGS SCHOOL DISTRICT 150

COUNSELING STAFF

Soda Springs High School  -  Mrs. Ledbetter

Tigert Middle School  -  Mr. Davis

Thirkill Elementary  -  Mrs. Hatch

LOCAL CRISIS SUPPORT CONTACTS

Crisis Centers for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services

We provide an emergency substance use disorder and mental health services for adults 18 and older. All services are provided without charges to patients in need.  Referrals and connections are made to appropriate community resources.

Mental Health: Immediate Help

Idaho COVID-19 Hotline: call 888-330-3010

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline: call 211 or 208-398-4357

Though not affiliated with the school district, the following community counseling resources are available.

Portneuf Valley Family Center (208) 547-4470)           

Inner Light Counseling, Sherie Ann Flagg LCSW RPT (208) 425-6932 

Bear Lake Memorial Hospital Counseling Services (208) 847-4464 Shaun Tobler MSW, LCSW

 Carolie Meccico LCSW, MAC, CEDS 208-547-4550

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR STAFF AND/OR FAMILIES

SAMHSA's Disaster Distress Helpline

Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

The toll-free, multilingual helpline provides 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, the uncertainty can make it hard to cope. This resource includes five things adults can do to take care of their own mental health.

Manage Anxiety and Stress

CDC This information provides guidance on how to deal with the stress and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and includes tips for parents, responders, and people who have been released from quarantine.

Care for Caregivers: Tips for Families and Educators

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Caregivers must take good care of themselves, so they are able to take good care of the children in their charge. This resource is a succinct list of considerations for caregivers to prevent burnout, including healthy habits.

When Terrible Things Happen: For Adults

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This three-page tip sheet from the Psychological First Aid for Schools Field Operations Guide lists immediate and continuing reactions to an emergency, including potential positive changes in worldview. It also includes a checklist of coping strategies that do and do not help.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND CAREGIVERS

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how the COVID-19 outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope. Available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

SEL Resources for COVID-19

CASEL

This resource provides school personnel and parents support in attending to the social and emotional needs that arise during times like these. SEL offers a powerful means to explore and express our emotions, build relationships, and support each other – children and adults alike – during this challenging time.

Helping Homebound Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

This 2-page resource outlines key steps to supporting students and families as they cope with the social isolation, changes in routine, other challenges that may arise when schools are closed and students are home.

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus

Child Mind Institute

This 4-minute video and accompanying information provides expert advice on how to talk to kids about coronavirus in a way that helps them feel less worried.

Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of School Nurses

This 4-page resource outlines ways parents can support their children as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve and includes age-appropriate talking points.

How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus

PBS for Parents

Visit PBS for strategies to help younger children de-stress and includes related videos from Daniel Tiger, Elmo, and other PBS Kids shows.

Sesame Street Name that Emotion

 My Kid’s School is Closed, So Now What?

Confident Parents Confident Kids

This resource provides strategies for parents and guardians to support the social, emotional, and mental health of their children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mental Health: Let's Talk About It

Help for Young People. A community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems. Learn more and start talking about mental health.

Fresh Start Family Fitness

GoNoodle is free for teachers, parents, and kids! In addition to energizing content, GoNoodle has 300+ dance videos, mindfulness activities, and more engaging videos for kids.

Brain Pop: Social Emotional Learning

BrainPOP is committed to developing SEL content that supports the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework.

Parenting, Media, and Everything In Between

Helpful blog that shares parenting tips and proper media use.

Random Acts of Kindness

We need to distance ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other. During difficult times, we often see the most beautiful acts of kindness. This website provides ideas of how to keep kindness alive.  

Techniques to Calm an Anxious Child

37 Techniques to Calm an Anxious Child

Easy Indoor Activities

Over 50 ideas for Indoor Activities

Meditation for Kids

YouTube video with breathing exercises for kids.