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Mental Health Resources

Mental health has become a growing concern for our children over the last year during the COVID-19 pandemic. This affects our students at school as well as at home. We would like to provide the Warsaw school community with some more information about mental health, the warning signs for parents to look for, and some suggestions on how to support your children.

These are some warning signs to look for in your child that increase the risk for suicide

If a person talks about:

  • Killing themselves
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Unbearable pain

Behaviors that may signal risk:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to send their life, researching online for materials or means
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities

People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation 
  • Agitation
  • Rage

What you can do to support your child at home:

  • It is important to be aware of warning signs that your child may be struggling. You can play a critical role in knowing when your child may need help. 

First Steps for Parents:

  • If you are concerned about your child's mental health, you can start by talking with others who frequently interact with your child. For example, ask their teacher about your child's behavior in school, at daycare, or on the playground.
  • You can talk with your child's pediatrician or healthcare provider and describe the child's behavior, as well as what you have observed and learned from talking with others. You can also ask the healthcare provider for a referral to a mental health professional who has experience and expertise in treating children. 

When talking about mental health problems with your child, please consider:

  • Communicating in a straightforward manner
  • Speaking at a level that is appropriate to a child or adolescent's age and development level (preschool children need fewer details than teenagers)
  • Discussing the topic when your child feels safe and comfortable
  • Watching for reactions during the discussion and slow down or back up if your child becomes confused or looks upset
  • Listening openly and let your child tell you about his or her feelings and worries

There are many resources for parents and caregivers who want to know more about children's mental health. Learn more about: 

Please do not hesitate to call if you are in need of further support (Please dial 911 for emergencies):

Emily Statler
School Counselor, Grades 9-12
(585) 786-8000 ext. 3702

Mike Bauer
School Counselor, Grades 6-8
(585) 786-8000 ext. 3703

Sheri Antolos
Counseling Secretary
(585) 786-8000 ext. 3701

Leanne Molenda
School Counselor - Elementary School
(585)786-8000 ext. 1208 

Nicole Yeo
School Social Worker - District-Wide
(585) 786-8000 ext. 3208 

Erin Thomas
School Psychologist - Elementary 
(585) 786-8000 ext. 3404

Keli Walker
School Psychologist - Middle/High School
(585) 786-8000 ext. 3705 

Resources of Additional Help

*Please Dial 911 for Emergencies*

    • Wyoming County Crisis Line
      • (585) 283-5200
    • Wyoming County Mobile Integration (MIT) Team
      • (585) 241-1276
    • WCCH 24-hour Emergency Assessment
      • (585) 786-2233 ext. 4692
    • Wyoming County Domestic Violence Local Daytime Number
      • (585) 786-8904
    • Wyoming County Partners for Prevention
      • (585) 786-8970
    • ARA Wyoming County Mental Health Crisis Line
      • 1-800-724-8583
    • Office of Mental Health, Rochester Psychiatric Center Mobile Integration Team, Wyoming County
      • (585)786-0220
    • Clarity (Wyoming County Mental Health)
      • (585) 786-0190
    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline
      • 1-800-TALK (8255) - Veterans Press 1
    • Crisis Text Line
      • Text HELLO to 741741
    • National Drug Addiction Helpline
      • 1-800-559-9503
    • Rape Crisis Service (RESTORE) 24-Hour Hotline
      • 1-800-527-1757
    • Domestic Violence Hotline Number
      • 1-800-786-3300
    • Positive Psychology - this link includes 27 different activities related to building resilience for children and adults. It focuses on activities to help individuals bounce back from struggles and setbacks.
    • Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids app - For children 5 – 10, guided mindfulness exercises that keep kids engaged and addresses emotional regulation and attention.
    • Sesame Street Resilience - Sesame Street characters help to build resilience for younger children through multiple activities, songs, and videos. This provides specific lessons and videos that can be used to foster resilience skills and emotional intelligence for younger children.
    • Go Noodle - Rainbow Breathing Video - Learn how to raise your energy and face your day with this exercise. Have fun with it!
  • “Wilma Jean the Worry Machine” Julia Cook (also available on YouTube for viewing) Additional Books to help with anxiety.

    Families can play board games, or card games, and have children lose and assist in learning how to cope. In addition, winning gracefully is another important lesson. Social skills that can be practiced while playing a board game: turn taking, good sportsmanship, following directions and waiting.  Super Duper Publications

    Keeping a journal WITH your students is a great way to help them express themselves - Drawing pictures, cutting and pasting pictures, have them write and/or have them dictate to you. 

    • Positive Psychology – provides 23 resilience training activities that can be used with teens and adults to foster resilience skills. This also provides powerpoints and resources to teach teens and adults the skills they need to be resilient and bounce back from setbacks. Additionally, it offers a “mental toughness" test and training used by the Army to build mental toughness.
    • Managing Stress in Teens and Adolescents: A Guide for Parents