Mental Health Matters

RESOURCES FROM YOUR LMHP

Theme: Building Upon Mental Health and Resiliency in 2021

Vol. XV - 1/20/21

Providing Support For Campus Communities

This newsletter is designed to support the health and well-being of district employees while continuing to provide services to student and families. Each bimonthly edition will highlight tips and resources for staff and showcase some district happenings.


As we face new and existing challenges this school year, the Licensed Mental Health Professionals (LMHP) are available to support students and families who are interested in receiving our assistance with complex needs. Referrals to your LMHP are most often made through campus counselors, administrators, child study teams and direct student/family referral. Visit the website to learn more about how we support. https://www.austinisd.org/student-health/lmhp


**DISCLAIMER: This newsletter contains several links to non AISD resources. AISD does not sponsor or endorse any businesses or programs. Please check websites for updated information.

"SUPPORTING THE WHOLE EDUCATOR WHO SUPPORTS THE WHOLE CHILD"

WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR SELF-CARE?


Here’s what district staff had to say:


  • "Getting to bed on time and allowing myself to sleep to a reasonable hour. Not forcing myself to exercise when it doesn’t feel good." - anonymous

WE WOULD LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK!!

Please take a moment to answer three short questions about our newsletter and help us learn what district staff are doing for self-care! We would love to highlight you in a future edition! CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE FOR YOUR LMHP CONTACT INFO

* THIS LINK IS ONLY VISIBLE FOR AUSTIN ISD STAFF. Please make sure you are logged in to Google, using your district email address, to view.

LMHP SPOTLIGHT

Meet Karen McGarity, LPC-AT, ATR-BC, who supports Garza HS, O.Henry MS, Travis Heights ES, Becker ES, Oak Springs ES, Bryker Woods ES and the Elementary Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (EDAEP).


Karen is a Licensed Mental Health Professional and Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist. She has worked on the LMHP team for 4 years. Karen has also worked for Communities In Schools and Integral Care, supporting AISD since 2004. Karen brings her creative lens and passion to her work through developing impactful relationships, strengthening community partnerships and providing nurturing support for the AISD community. She finds inspiration in her work when listening to the unique life stories that individuals share and finding creative ways to support others.


In her free time, Karen LOVES to paint murals. She volunteers her time in the community painting and feels the creative process is an empowering outlet to transform communities and beautify our neighborhoods. Her self-care activities include gardening, exploring Texas State parks with her family, fishing and of course, painting murals!

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.” – Vista M. Kelly


Pic below is a beautiful mural created by Karen McGarity, LPC-AT, ATR-BC

featured at Gullet Elementary.

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