A WEEKLY NEWSLETTER COLLABORATION OF RSU 56: 4-10-2020
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
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,
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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.
SCHOOL COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS CONTACT INFORMATION
Alternative Ed. Teacher-DHS
Oxford County Mental Health
Community Mental Health Services
150 Congress St, Rumford, ME 04276
Philip Ramu- LCSW
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
Servant's Heart Food Pantry
Peru Baptist Church,
98 Main St
Peru, ME 04290
Dixfield Food Pantry
Dixfield Common Baptist Church
2 Chapel Road
Dixfield, ME 04224
Mexico Food Pantry
Mexico Congregational Church
163 Main St
Mexico, ME 04257
Remote Crisis Support Services
Mental Health and Wellness: https://www.namimaine.org/
Hotline and Crisis Numbers: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/hotlines.shtml
Crisis Text Line: https://www.crisistextline.org/
TEXT: HOME to 741741
Suicide Prevention: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine: https://www.namimaine.org/