Northwest AEA staff offered their top picks for mental health resources. We know there are a lot of resources out there to support you and your family during this time. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites to help you out! 

Family: 

  1. This article from the Child Mind Institute talks about the importance of routine, self-care, exercise, and staying positive: 

Supporting Kids Through the COVID-19 Crisis- Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home

      2. This article has straight-forward tips to help with Talking to Your Children About Covid 19.

      3. This article, "How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19", gives practical advice to people supporting individuals who are experiencing difficult emotions during this time. 

      4.The Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety website, https://www.virusanxiety.com/, was recommended by folks from Grant Wood AEA, and is a nice toolkit with many free resources to support mental health.

     5. This website helps parents modify routines for children with autism: https://www.autism-society.org/covid-modifying-routines/

As educators, dealing with the current pandemic is multi-faceted. Here are a few resources shared at Northwest AEA that you might find helpful:

Staff:

  1. Blog from Ed Surge: Teacher Interrupted - Leaning into Social-Emotional Learning Amid the Covid 19 Crisis. This article gives us guidance on how to use what we know about SEL to help ourselves during this time.
  2.  This article from Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence gives tips for managing anxiety for both you and your school community:  
  3.  At Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, you will also find Free E-Learning Tools for Educators Transitioning to Distance Education.

Are you a school administrator, crisis team member, or school mental health professional? If so, you might find the next two resources, from the National Association of School Psychologists, of use. 

  1. Preparing for a Pandemic Illness: Guidelines for School Administrators and School Crisis Response Team
  2. Preparing for Infectious Disease Epidemics: Brief Tips for School Mental Health Professionals

The Iowa AEA system has also offered COVID-19 resources for adults and students here.