The Mental Health Minute

April 2020 Volume 13

From the CFISD Mental Health Intervention Team

Providing mental health information, resources and self care tips!

Managing Stress and Maintaining Your Mental Health During COVID-19

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What is Compassion Resilience for Educators?

Teacher resilience is defined as “using energy productively to achieve school goals and meet students’ needs in the face of adversity” . Compassion is the combination of the consciousness of others’ distress and a desire to alleviate it. It is a basic quality needed to be able to meet students’ needs. Compassion resilience for those in the education field is:

  1. The ability to maintain our physical, emotional and mental well-being (using energy productively) while compassionately identifying and addressing the stressors that are barriers to learning for students,
  2. Identifying and addressing the barriers to caregivers/ parents and colleagues being able to effectively partner on behalf of children, and
  3. Identifying, preventing, and minimizing compassion fatigue within ourselves.

Think of this resilience as a reservoir of well-being that we can draw upon on difficult days and in difficult situations.


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Compassion Resilience COVID-19 Toolkit

Access these toolkits to view PDFs and videos addressing how we can foster resilience not only as educators but also as parents/guardians, caregivers, spouses, friends and humans during this challenging time!

"Empathy is a finite resource. You can run out. As a normal, psychological response, you cannot give of yourself again and again and again without replenishing." -Contemplative Based Resilience Project

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Caregivers and Stress

Juggling parenting, work, homeschooling and your own mental health during this COVID-19 time can be extremely overwhelming. Texas Children's Hospital addresses ways to take care of yourself and your children.
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Take a moment to relax the muscles

DMind Mood Shifter, Relax When Stressed - Spinal Twists
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Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

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Mental Health Telehealth Support Available

A majority of mental health providers are now offering video sessions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are various options for children, teens and adults working with insurance, non-insurance, sliding scale and Medicaid. Also, the majority of mental health hospitals are offering virtual assessments as well as outpatient therapy. Click on the provider links below and call providers directly for more information.

The below information contains only a partial listing of the many resources that are available within our area and Harris County in general. We are not in a position to recommend one person or one facility over another.

Spotlighting one of our own

Kahla Middle School teacher Valerie Reed shares the importance of being sensitive to the needs of students and being supportive when they have experienced a loss. In this video she talks about students who are suffering from grief, loss and trauma.

TED MasterClass San Antonio - Valerie Reed
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