While we are out of school for the time being, we wanted to give our families some resources/information to explore if you need them. Below are some tips, coping skills, strategies and local resources to utilize while we practice our distant learning:
Below are some Resources that you can contact or reach out to if the circumstances arise.
These websites/apps/resources are simply suggestions to use. Any references in this website does not constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of Winston Salem Forsyth County School System.
General Community Resources:
NC211 online or hotline help: this is a link to numerous online resources available for things including financial assistance, food, healthcare, mental health, employment, etc. You can also access this resource through their hotline by dialing 211
WSFCS Student Meal Info: information about where to get student meals during the school closures
Governor Cooper's changes to Unemployment Benefits: If you have been laid off or had your hours reduced due to COVID-19 you may now be eligible for unemployment benefits. People who want to apply for unemployment benefits can call 888-737-0259 or go online to www.des.nc.gov. The online application site is always available, but the phone line is only open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
School Based Resources/Updates:
The College Board: Updates on SAT testing and other college admissions issues / AP Testing updates
Hospital Behavioral Health Resources:
The Call Center Team at Novant
The Call Center Team is a 24-hour, seven days a week service provided by Novant Health Forsyth Behavioral Health to help people with mental health or substance use crises in the community. The Call Center is staffed with skilled mental health professionals uniquely equipped to provide front-line mental health care when and where it is most needed. The services include:
- Telephone assessment.
- Face-to-face evaluation or same-day appointments at the Crisis Center from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Educational services for crisis prevention.
Contact the Call Center Team 1-800-718-3550
Other Mental Health Resources:
Mental Health Online Screening Tools: From the Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, these online screening tools include a parent screening for use with children under the age of 11 and a youth screening for use with children age 11-17. The screeners can be a tool in determining whether you need to seek mental health assistance for your child/adolescent. There are also self-screening tools for adults.
Online Support Groups: this website allows you to register for many different types of online support groups (most appear to be free). Topics include things like: parenting, stress and anxiety, mental health, eating disorders, caregivers and many others
Seize the Awkward: In times like these, it helps to check in with your friends. This website can help you seize that opportunity and help someone out.
Not sure what you're looking for? This resource page may help...Crisis Resources
Mobile App's for Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning
As students are continuing their academic education, they also need to continue their social-emotional learning as well! These are some apps that you may find useful for students and/or parents as we try to stay emotionally healthy right now. Some of these apps are free; others require a one time cost and some may be subscription services. Most can be found on both apple and android devices.
Apps about mindfulness or being calm
Headspace: Meditation & Sleep: Headspace is your guide to everyday mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.
Calm: Calm is the #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation
Insight Timer - Meditation App: Guided meditations and talks led by the world's top meditation and mindfulness experts, neuroscientists, psychologists and teachers
Apps to help with focus and attention
Rescue Time: RescueTime helps you understand where your time goes each day. Optimize your energy. And take back control of your day.
Focus Booster App: chunks tasks into time segments for all age levels.
Freedom: Freedom blocks distracting websites and apps
Apps to promote gratitude/emotional expression
Three Good Things: simple online journal where you list 3 good things about each day. This focus on gratitude leads to greater happiness.
Thankful for: prompts to encourage a gratitude list
Emotionary: Develop a rich vocabulary of emotions and you’ll have the building block for emotional intelligence