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Well-Being tips for September 2020
 

 

Building resiliency

Resiliency is the ability to overcome and bounce back from difficult and challenging situations and/or obstacles. Students who show resilience are able to persevere through trials and develop coping skills to help them to be successful if future events arise.  

 “Children who develop resilience are better able to face disappointment, learn from failure, cope with loss and adapt to change. We recognize resilience in children when we observe their determination, grit, and perseverance to tackle problems and cope with the emotional challenges of school and life.” - Marilyn Price-Mitchell (2015)  

How to build resiliency with students

  • Build positive and supportive relationships that include a sense of belonging and identity to promote pride and connectedness.
  • Focus on student strengths and cultivate a positive and trustworthy environment for students to grow. 
  • Create opportunities that empower students to become successful, which promote positive self- worth and self-esteem. 
  • Plan opportunities to share and help others that are both meaningful and purposeful. 

What can I do to support well-being and mental health?

For students

  • Educate yourself on your own mental health and what works for you
  • Build a positive support system (close friends, coach, teacher, family, etc)
  • Know what your triggers are and set appropriate boundaries 
  • Develop healthy habits (exercise, rest, etc)
  • Take care of your body  
  • Limit access to things that disturb your mental health
  • Seek help when you need it
  • Check in and communicate with others 
  • Listen to your body
  • Set goals for yourself and track them
  • Seek immediate assistance if you are thinking of harming yourself or others.

For parents

  • Learn all that you can about mental health
  • Model appropriate and effective coping skills
  • Be aware of warning signs and symptoms
  • Talk with your child and encourage your child to communicate 
  • Be involved and work with your child
  • Be patient and flexible
  • Know your child’s rights and advocate for your child
  • Communicate with your child’s school (teacher, counselor, nurse, principal)
  • Seek assistance and support when needed
  • Talk to your medical provider with any concerns
  • Seek immediate assistance if you think your child is in danger of harming themselves or others.

For educators

  • Know the warning signs 
  • Educate staff, parents, and students on symptoms 
  • Promote social and emotional competency and build resilience
  • Help ensure a positive, safe school environment
  • Teach and reinforce positive behaviors and decision-making
  • Encourage helping others
  • Encourage good physical health
  • Help ensure access to school-based mental health supports
  • Be educated on appropriate intervention strategies
  • Know your campuses safety and intervention support team (Counselor, CIS representative, CYS Representative) 
  • Seek immediate assistance if you think your student is in danger of harming themselves or others.

Suicide prevention

  • If you are feeling suicidal or thinking of hurting yourself, seek help. 
  • Contact your primary care provider, a mental health professional or call a suicide hotline.
  • In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or webchat at: suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat

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