Social Emotional Wellness
NEWSLETTER VOLUME 2
A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
It is vital during these challenging times to remain hopeful and look beyond this moment to see a healthy future. Many of us are struggling with this and while it is natural to have ups and downs, there are some things that you can do to help you and your loved ones focus on hope. A friend of mine is keeping a “Joy Journal” where she writes down positive things each day. Sharing gratitude can be very powerful.
The Early Years
Focus: Mental Health
May is Mental Health Month!
Explore #Tools2Thrive and discover practical tools that everyone can use to improve their #mentalhealth and increase resiliency. Visit www.mhanational.org/may to download the free #mentalhealthmonth toolkit and learn more information about: recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others.
A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus
Have students connect with someone in their family or community to ask a person they respect how they stayed hopeful in troubled times. Teach about other historical times of crisis, including how these ended and communities rebounded.
Encourage students to get fresh air and to move when possible.
Share some of the many stories of hope and helping that have come out of this current crisis.
Share a positive affirmation or a strength of a student—it can go a long way right now.
Let students know that people find help in different ways, including through spiritual beliefs and practices, and encourage students to discuss things that bring them hope.
Facilitate and encourage students meeting virtually or by phone with a trusted adult who can show them a different perspective, help to identify their talents and strengths, list their options and resources, and encourage and support them.