Mental Health Minute

Associated Clinic of Psychology

Back To School and Renewed COVID-19 Anxiety

As school was ending last school year, it seemed as though we were finally getting on the other side of this pandemic and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. As case rates from the delta variant are surging, that rising dread and panic related to the pandemic is emerging once again. New questions and concerns about what this school year holds are whirling around everyone's mind. As parents, students, and teachers ponder what it means to have children back in the building, it's a good idea to revisit some strategies on managing those anxieties.

For Kids and Students

Just as this has been difficult for adults, our kids and students may also be having a hard time, especially with the transition back to full day school following a very tumultuous year. Here are some signs to watch out for and some strategies to use to help support them through this.

Help Is Available!

It typically takes a few weeks of adjustment before kids are used to their new routines and schedules. If you notice significant changes in your child’s behavior, such as sleep problems, major appetite changes, behavior or mood changes, or anxiety that makes it difficult for them to function, seek out support and consultation. Associated Clinic of Psychology is here to provide mental health services to students and their families. Consult with your child's school counselor or contact us directly with questions. or 612-455-8643.

Educator Resilience Program

Associated Clinic of Psychology is offering a FREE resiliency initiative to support all educators and support staff with brief, confidential phone coaching sessions to help with managing the COVID-19/back-to-school emotional, physical, and cognitive toll. This will be done with a licensed ACP clinician, separate from the clinician assigned to your school. We're here to help in whatever way we can!

How can you access the Educator Resilience Program?

  • Call (612) 455-8646
  • Please mention the Educator Resilience Program, leave a voicemail with your name, contact info, and two dates/times you are available to talk.
  • After we receive your message and assign a provider, you will receive a call back confirming your session date and time.

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**This newsletter was created by Sarah Najafalipour, MA, LPCC**