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!
- This article from the Child Mind Institute talks about the importance of routine, self-care, exercise, and staying positive:
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:
- 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.
- This article from Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence gives tips for managing anxiety for both you and your school community:
- 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.
- Preparing for a Pandemic Illness: Guidelines for School Administrators and School Crisis Response Team
- 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.