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Info From Heights High Social Workers

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March 19, 2020 -- As your Heights High Social Workers, we hope that everyone is safe and healthy. During this time of uncertainty with the COVID-19 virus, it can be difficult to know how to support our children, especially while tackling the changes to our daily lives.  

With the demands of family and jobs, one of the last things we tend to think about in a crisis is taking care of ourselves! Yet, it is critical to be at our best to tackle these new challenges and to be good role models for our children.

Below are several resources that we think are helpful. These discuss how to talk with your children/teens about the coronavirus, how to take care of yourself, and other resources to help you cope and support your loved ones.

Please know that your school social workers are here to support you and your family. The best way to reach us is by email.

Caryl Yoo at [email protected] for 9th grade
Allison Craig at [email protected]  for 10th grade and 11 grade (A-L)
Kristin Dadas at [email protected]  for 11th grade (M-Z) and 12th grade

We are Tiger Nation Strong! We can and we will get through this!

- Mrs. Craig, Ms. Dadas, and Ms. Yoo

Addressing Children's Questions and Concerns - Providing Support

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
CNN interview with Dr. Tovah Klein (Heights High ‘82) Talking With Young Kids About COVID-19

Taking Care of Yourself

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

From the Ohio School Social Work Association

This chart includes many resources

Mental Health Support Services

Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the US and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.  

Suicide Prevention Lifelines
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255

The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) helpline is also a suicide prevention resource, 800-950-NAMI (6264).

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