During the time that Warsaw Schools are closed, students who typically receive mental health services in school may be limited in their access to the professionals who provide these services. Therefore, district mental health staff would like to make families aware of the following supports and programs, as well as community-based mental health resources.
Be mindful that children and teens will take their lead from you on how worried they should be. Modeling calm and good practices can go a long way in ensuring children feel safe. For younger children who may not be able to critically analyze the information presented, it is important to monitor how much they are overhearing (including news reports). Maintaining an open dialogue on things going on in the world and in their life is a good practice for all ages. Periodic “check-ins” with your children on how they are feeling and coping is important - Don't assume they will always know how to come to you to discuss concerns or fears.
General Resources for Parents
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource)
Responding to Children's Emotional Needs During Times of Crisis (https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Pages/Responding-to-Childrens-Emotional-Needs-During-Times-of-Crisis.aspx) - Important tips for parents and other caregivers.
School Mental Health and Training Resource- https://www.mentalhealthednys.org/ has resources for families https://www.mentalhealthednys.org/parents/ and students https://www.mentalhealthednys.org/students/
Caring for Kids (https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/mental_health) - Mental health affects the way people think, feel and act. Taking care of our mental health is just as important as having a healthy body. As a parent, you play an important role in your child's mental health.
How to support children with worries (https://childmind.org/article/what-to-do-and-notdo-when-children-are-anxious/) - pointers for helping children escape the cycle of anxiety and calm down activities- https://copingskillsforkids.com/calming-anxiety
NYS School Social Workers Association (https://nyssswa.org/crisis-response/resources-for-parents/) - Parent tips for dealing with crisis situations
Tips for anxiety associated with dealing with COVID-19 https://www.virusanxiety.com/take-care offers resources and meditations
Programs for All Students
GoZen (www.GoZen.com) - GoZen! creates online social and emotional learning programs loved by kids ages 5-15, parents, professionals, and schools. Our mission is to reach 1 million kids with skills to transform stress, anxiety, worry, anger, perfectionism, negativity, and social worry into POWER in the year 2020!
Positive Psychology (https://positivepsychology.com/resilience-activities-worksheets/) - 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.
For children who need/benefit from visual schedules (https://adayinourshoes.com/freeprintable-visual-schedules-for-home-and-daily-routines/) - These free printable visual schedules for home and daily routines might help make things easier.
Programs for Younger Students
Stop, Breathe, and Think Kids app (https://www.stopbreathethink.com/kids/) - For children 5 – 10, guided mindfulness exercises that keep kids engaged and addresses emotional regulation and attention.
Sesame Street Resilience: (https://www.sesamestreet.org/toolkits/challenges) – 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O29e4rRMrV4) - Learn how to raise your energy and face your day with this exercise. Have fun with it!
Books that are helpful for younger children are:
“Wilma Jean the Worry Machine” Julia Cook (also available on YouTube for viewing, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpAijfP99Ng) Additional Books to help with anxiety:https://www.weareteachers.com/books-for-kids-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. (https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/105_parentscanhelpsocial.pdf)
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.
Programs for Older Students
Positive Psychology (https://positivepsychology.com/resilience-activities-exercises/) – PositivePsychology.com 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 (https://www.bradleyhospital.org/managing-stress-teens-and-adolescents-guide-parents)
What to Do in a Crisis
If you are in need of immediate assistance, please dial 911.
If possible, talk first with your primary care doctor or another health care professional and ask for their support and direction.
If you do not have a health professional to assist you, use these resources listed below.
Please check with your insurance company for coverage on “tele-therapy” for private therapists.
Clarity (Wyoming County Mental Health), 39 Duncan St. Warsaw, NY- To request an intake call (585) 786-0190
Spectrum Health & Human Services, 34 N. Main St, Warsaw, NY- New Patients will need to call (716)-539-5500 to set up a Telemed Intake; Existing patients can call the Warsaw office to set up a Telemed apt at (585) 786-0220.
Wyoming County Crisis Line 24/7 crisis services: (585) 283-5200
Office of Mental Health, Rochester Psychiatric Center Mobile Integration Team, Wyoming County: (585) 786-0220 – can provide an array of services such as: immediate treatment services designed to stabilize crisis situations, support, and help connect to programs and services
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals
SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)/ 1-800-487-4889 (TDD) Free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.