Student Services Health and Wellness: Support for Parents and Educators
This site is designed to help students, educators and families move through this time. We will update this page weekly as we receive new information and resources to help promote mental and behavioral health.
Information for Parents and Guardians
Resources for Parents and Guardians
Talking Point for Parents on Returning to School - a brochure from WS/FCS Psychological Services Dept.
Advice for Parenting in High-Stress: Times: informational website
How Teens Handled Quarantine: Article from the Atlantic
How Parents Can Support Children with Special Needs During Distance Learning: from Greater Good Magazine
Return to School resources from ComPsych for Parents, Guardians, and Staff
Resources from Mental Health America: Guidance on returning to school
- Dealing with Potential Exposure: The Stress of Physically Reopening Schools
- What can I do when I'm afraid?
- How to maintain your Social Relationships during online school (for Kids and Teens)
- Missing how things used to be
- Teachers: Protecting your Mental Health
The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control. Many teachers use it in their classrooms, and the principles can be used at home to help children communicate their emotions.
Make Social & Emotional Learning Stick is another great resource for managing emotions and creating structure at home. Currently, if you provide your email address, you will be provided with free downloadable tools to help create calming strategies, family schedules, and more!
How to talk with our children about COVID-19 - From the National Association of School Nurses
Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) provides mental health and resilience support for all North Carolinians.
Fact Sheet about COVID-19 - Resources for parents to talk with children
Talking with Children - From SAMHSA
May is Mental Health Awareness Month - Information Brochure
Dr. Lisa Coyne, discusses parental burnout and strategies to cope. In this free, on-demand webinar,
Tips for Managing Stress & Anxiety - from the Mental Health Association of Forsyth County
The Child Mind Institute Resource Center provides links to daily Facebook Live chats with clinicians, daily video parenting tips from experts, and tips for dealing with specific concerns like discipline and behavior, managing anxiety, and helping children with autism
The Collaborative for Academic and Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) Resource Center provides further resources and several links for Educators and Parents, including GreatSchools’ Parenting Cue Cards to help you work through challenging situations at home.
Learn@Home - Youtube created resources to complement work assigned by teachers.
A Kid's Guide to Coronavirus - YouTube Video
The IRIS Center (Peabody College at Vanderbilt University) has created a module specifically for parents supporting learning at home. The creators offer several suggestions for their role in supporting children’s learning and social-emotional wellbeing.
HealthyChildren.org (A branch of the American Academy of Pediatrics) This article discusses the myth around using household disinfectants to treat COVID-19. It covers household disinfectant safety and other home poison prevention tips.
Parenting in a Pandemic (A branch of the American Academy of Pediatrics) This article provides tips for supporting children throughout this pandemic.
Resources specific to LGBTQ students can be found here.
This NY Times article shares ways to help teens manage feelings of anxiety.Amazon has opened up a variety of Prime Video kids programming to all users for free. Usually reserved for Amazon Prime customers, but now available to everyone at no cost. Choose from PBS shows to movies. All that’s needed is an Amazon account, which can be obtained for free by signing up on the main site.
Free Crayola coloring pages-Crayola is offering free-to-download (and print) coloring pages, organized by season.
Guitar manufacturer Fender is currently offering a free 3 month subscription to their Fender Play tuition app to new subscribers who want to learn acoustic or electric guitar, bass or ukulele.
Coloring Book Explaining COVID-19 Created for kids by St. Jude Children’s Hospital
Math Help Mathnasium can provide math tutoring for all school levels.
School Psychologists Blog, a source of information about topics relevant to educators, parents, and students. Have a topic you’d like to be addressed? Email your School Psychologist
Coping and Mental Health Resources
Resources from Local Agencies
Students and families can connect with Student Services professionals Monday through Friday from 10:00 - 2:00 by calling the WS/FCS School Closure Hotline at (336) 661-3128 and requesting the Student Services Helpline.
Signs of Depression During Coronavirus Crisis: from Child Mind Institute
Supporting Students Mental Health: from Child Mind Institute
Tips for taking care of your behavioral health - from SAMHSA
Mental Health America has collected resources for dealing with anxiety and feelings of isolation.
Mental health resources for parents and families in the Latinx community presented by Cardinal Innovations
Coping Tips from Forsyth County Mental Health Association
WS/FCS Behavioral Health Resources - Contact list of local Agencies ready to assist families in need
6 Daily Questions to Ask Yourself in Quarantine - from Greater Good Magazine
The Headspace app provides evidence-based meditation exercises. A collection of guided meditations is available here.
Headspace is offering free access for healthcare workers, and for educators.
View this document from Headspace for some tools for dealing with difficult feelings.
Similar to Headspace, the Calm app offers guided relaxation exercises for adults and students.
YogaEd is offering free online yoga and mindfulness classes specially designed for children and teens.
The Pandemic Crisis Services Response Coalition has launched a website to help address mental health challenges related to COVID-19. The website contains guidance for people in crisis wishing to access support, guidance for helping a loved one in crisis, and resources for health care professionals.
Scholastic and The Yale Child Study Center have teamed up to provide a free workbook to help children cope with the changes and feelings associated with the pandemic. First Aid for Feelings is available for download in English and Spanish.
Deep breathing is a simple way to find relaxation. Open the attached document for an effective way to practice.
Additional sources of mental health support can be found here.
Additional emergency resources for students and parents.
Need a mood boost? Here are 8 tips for children and adults.
Feed your body, feed your mind. Here are some mood-boosting foods and healthy snack ideas.
UCLA’s Center for Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support (CARES) has compiled resources to support resiliency during this pandemic.
Please reach out to your school’s student services staff with any concerns you have or support you need.
Resources for Community and Families
Community Resources Assistance Guide from Forsyth County & Division of Workforce Solutions
Food resources in Forsyth County during COVID-19
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities, by Green Mountain Self-Advocates
Museums are offering free virtual visits through Google Arts and Culture.
If you don’t already have a library card, you may now register for a virtual Forsyth County Library Card to access the library’s database of ebooks, emagazines, and audiobooks.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has compiled a list of resources for a variety of audiences.
The YMCA is currently offering free online exercise classes. No membership required!
Family Services of Forsyth County’s Safe on Seven (SOS) Domestic Violence Center provides related services in-person or by phone. You may contact 336-722-8173 to request video based telehealth services.
Social justice nonprofit, Futures Without Violence, provides information on COVID-19 for survivors, communities, and DV/SA programs.
Find a Therapist is an online search tool for staff, students and parents to search for a therapist within a specified zip code.
Old Vineyard Behavioral Health is open to serve adolescents and adults in need of mental health services. Phone intake is available 24/7 at 888-477-1287
Salvation Army 336-722-9597: Family Shelter, Diversion Program, Food Pantry, Clothing Vouchers
Experiment in Self-Reliance 336-722-9400: Housing, Free Tax Preparation, Social and Economic Self-Sufficiency, Financial Literacy
Family Services of Winston-Salem 336-723-8125: Family Violence, Sexual Assault, Counseling, Child Development Programs
Winston-Salem Rescue Mission 336-723-1848: Homeless Shelter for men with meals, clothing, personal items
Bethesda Center 336-722-9951: Adult Shelter
Dr. Jennifer Chang Wathal, an educational consultant, tweeted this image outlining suggestions for staying connected with students while socially distant.
The blog, Not So Wimpy Teacher, shares distance learning activity ideas.
Tips for teachers dealing with their own difficult emotions.
Grieving the School Year? Tips for educators to cope with the loss of the school year.
If you or someone you know is in need of crisis counseling or support, contact the Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7/365 crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.
- Calls to 1-800-985-5990 and texts of “TalkWithUs” to 66746 are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the US, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support.
- Spanish speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support or text “Hablanos” for Spanish to 66746
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing - TTY 1-800-846-8517 or can text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
- Callers to the hotline can connect with counselors in 100+ languages via 3 rd party interpretation services; to connect with a counselor in one’s primary language, indicate preferred language to the responding counselor and they will connect to a live interpreter