Wellness Newsletter

A WEEKLY NEWSLETTER COLLABORATION OF RSU 56: 4-10-2020

Our Mission

It is our mission to make sure that our students, staff, parents, guardians and community members are supported and well-connected to resources during this challenging time. As such, this weekly newsletter will provide you with the information you need to access local resources as well as offer a platform for support and meaningful guidance.
A Letter to Seniors

Feeling grief-stricken about your Senior Year? Click above to read an encouraging letter from Mrs. Rachel Buck which will help you understand the grief you may be experiencing.

"Everything that is done in the world is done by hope." -Martin Luther

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Looking for the Silver Lining

You might be asking what Silver Lining can there be when the world is facing a pandemic?


In times of stress and crisis it's natural and often times unconsciously easier to focus on the stressors and crisis then to challenge ourselves to look deeper and perhaps we may find silver linings along the way.

It can be very helpful to ease anxiety, fear, and stress to remind ourselves what things are going well and what things we have to be fortunate about.


Using a tool called re-framing can be a way to do this

For example: Change the negative thought to a positive thought (changing the statement does not make the negative thought invalid)

(negative) Instead of thinking: I don't want to do work or school from home.. this sucks!

(positive) Change it to: I am able to access work or school from home and I will do my best


Remember it's important to give yourself the space and time to feel all of your emotions the negative ones as well, it's not about avoiding negative emotions but about changing the way you think about them. This is just a small tool that might help when you're feeling overwhelmed by negative thoughts and feel stuck in that cycle.


Stay safe and healthy,

Ms Greco

If you would like to connect email me at agreco@rsu56.org

Those That Bloom



Flowers know how to grow


where the sun neglects to show.


They stretch their stems far beyond


the roots given to prolong.


And their struggles,


although fruitless to us,


is all they long for at the end of dusk.


Yes, we all could learn from


those that bloom,


as we sit with despair,


In the dark with our gloom.




-M.Robertson

SCHOOL COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS CONTACT INFORMATION


Rachel Buck-LMSW/cc

Alternative Ed. Teacher-DHS

rbuck@rsu56.org

Cell: 207-357-3271


Ami-Jo Greco-LMSW/cc

Social Worker-DHS

agreco@rsu56.org


Oxford County Mental Health

Community Mental Health Services

150 Congress St, Rumford, ME 04276

207-364-3549


Philip Ramu- LCSW

School Counselor-TWKDMS

pramu@rsu56.org

Cell: 207-578-1990


Michelle Robertson

School Counselor-DHS

mrobertson@rsu56.org

Cell: 207-205-2190


Tri-County Mental Health Services (Mental Health & Substance Abuse)

Linnea Burns- Substance Abuse Counselor

Rumford Office 207-364-7981

Toll Free: 1-888-304-4673

Remote Crisis Support Services

Mental Health and Wellness: https://www.namimaine.org/

1-800-464-5767


Hotline and Crisis Numbers: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/hotlines.shtml

1-888-568-1112


Crisis Text Line: https://www.crisistextline.org/

TEXT: HOME to 741741


Suicide Prevention: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

1-888-568-1112


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine: https://www.namimaine.org/

1-800-464-5767

RSU 56

If you have questions regarding any of the content in this newsletter or would like to contribute to its development, please feel free to email Michelle Robertson at the address provided.