Mental Health Resources for Parents
Maintaining Mental Health During COVID-19: Using Protective Factors to Stengthen Mental Health
During distance learning we encourage our staff, students, and families to make mental health a priority. Good mental health supports learning and overall success in school. Visit our Mental Health Website Protective Factors page to learn how daily practices such as getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, and exercising regularly support mental health. For parents, it’s important to pay attention to your own emotions, 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. Experience informs us that establishing and maintaining a routine is key to school success. Use our tips for developing and sticking to a household routine as a resource. Focus on what you do have control over and be sure to set aside time for self-care.
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. See our positive thinking webpage for ways to incorporate positive thinking and optimism into your life and the lives of your children.
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. In addition, as we begin the new school year our schools will be using the Choosing Love In a Brave New World curriculum to help our students understand the challenges we’ve all faced during the pandemic and the hope and promise that can come with adversity.
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.