Mental Health Resources for Parents
Maintaining Mental Health During COVID-19
As our community slowly reopens and the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 continues, we encourage our families to focus on their physical and mental health and prepare for whatever the new school year may bring. Visit the LVJUSD Mental Health Website Protective Factors page to learn how daily practices such as getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, and exercising regularly support both physical and mental health. For your own mental health and the mental health of your family, it’s important to be flexible and focus on the positive things in life. Incorporating positive thoughts and gratitude into your days can lead to a better outlook on life, reduced stress, and improved physical and mental health.
For our elementary school students and families, check out the Kid Connection’s Social Emotional Learning videos. These short videos guide TK-5th grade students and parents through learning and practicing skills such as Listening, Expressing Emotions, Solving Problems, and Dealing with Anger. As teenagers begin venturing out again, be sure that they stay healthy. Information on broaching this subject with youth can be found in this Child Mind article on Teenagers and Reopening. Further information about helping your child through this unprecedented time can be found in the NASP "Helping Children Cope with Changes from COVID-19" article below.
For parents, it’s important to pay attention to your own behaviors and needs. If you’re feeling anxious, irritable, or have a hard time sticking to a routine, other people in your household, especially your children, will follow your lead. Focus on what you do have control over and be sure to set aside time for self-care.
Information on counseling services and other Mental Health Resources in our community can be found on our Local Partners page.
Supporting Our Children During
Click above to see a collection of videos made by our Kid Connection staff to help children and parents address some common challenges experienced at home during this time. Videos and parent tips are available for the following topics:
- Being Aware of Your Emotions
- Dealing with Anger
- Dealing with Boredom
- Emotional Regulation/ Self-Control
- Setting a Goal
- Solving a Problem
- Challenge Success: Summer Ideas for Families During COVID-19
- American Psychological Association: The Serious Business of Play
- The Child Mind Institute: Helping Kids Face the Challenges of Reopening
- The Child Mind Institute: Teenagers and Reopening
- The Child Mind Institute: Single Parenting During the Coronavirus Crisis
Access to Mental Health Services
Take advantage of the online and virtual therapy resources offered through Care Solace.
- Their assistance is available 24/7 and is FREE to all LVJUSD students, families and staff.
- Click on the Care Solace link (caresolace.com/lvjusdfamilies) to get connected or call 1-888-515-0595 to speak to a Care Concierge team member.
- Using the link allows for support in multiple languages.
Horizons Family Counseling is currently available for support by calling 925-371-4747.