Region One Counselor Newsletter

April 2022

Happy Easter, Region One Counselors!

I'm sure you all know the saying - April showers bring May flowers. What we as counselors also know is that Spring brings lots of TESTING and our to-do’s seem to be never-ending. Remember to stay focused on you. Are you drinking enough water? Are you resting? Are you making healthy lifestyle choices? These basic healthy decisions can go a long way to improve your health and wellbeing.

Research on stress shows that self-care should be a daily activity.

Below are a few Self-Care tips from Mental & Behavioral Health at TEA. Dedicating a few moments a day can help support your overall wellness and have positive long-term effects.

  1. Get enough sleep. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep increases daily productivity and boosts mood.
  2. Exercise daily. Getting up and moving for at least 30-45 minutes of a sustained activity.
  3. Eat healthy and well-balanced meals. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Make sure that you are getting adequate protein, healthy fats, and a variety of vegetables. Avoid processed foods and sugar.
  4. Go outdoors. Getting outside can help you escape the stressors of work and school. Being outdoors is good for your mind and mood and can help strengthen your immune system.
  5. Build a strong support system. Connect with friends and family and embrace new and existing interests.
  6. Manage stress. Although some stress can fuel motivation and drive, when we don’t properly manage stress it can lead to exhaustion and burn out. Find some time each day to sit quietly and take a deep breath.

What will you try today?

All our best,

Your Region One Counseling Team


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (CAPM), and we want your help to empower communities with resources to support Texas children, youth, and families where they live, work, and play!

For the month of April, we encourage you to promote child abuse prevention awareness with your networks. Our goal for this month is to reach as many individuals as possible to equip families with knowledge and resources to support child abuse prevention practices in Texas.

April Happiness Calendar

We hope this months helps you embrace all of yourself.

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The Character Strong Weekly

Every Monday morning receive a 2 to 3 minute video with a low-burden, high-impact strategy to transform your daily work


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Hope Box App

Texas Suicide Prevention Council’s Hope Box contains messages, contact information, pictures, and scrapbook to store personalized information that promotes mental wellness and can aid persons in a mental health crisis. By providing a mobile environment, users can have immediate access to their safety resources. Features include:

Camera to take, store, label and share pictures of persons, places and things important to the user

  • Scrapbook to make, store and send text based messages
  • Customized option settings to choose the color of the Hope Box
  • Address book that includes suicide prevention hotline information
  • Messages tailored to individual input about their emotional state at each use.
  • Password protected to ensure privacy.
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What You Need To Know: 22-23 FASFA Updates and Troubleshooting

Catch up on the 22-23 FAFSA changes and ways to troubleshoot common issues that you may come across.
FAFSA Overview
How to Fill Out the FAFSA

Scholarship Databases & Searches



College Board

The following websites can help undocumented students who are searching for college scholarships:

Golden Door Scholars

College Greenlight

Scholarships A-Z

Affordable Colleges

What is Scholarship? - Quick and Easy Explanation
Introduction to Scholarship Applications


Updates to the SAT College Board website are here:

Look under the MORE tab for the changes made to the Help Center.

The Digital SAT Suite of Assessments

The SAT Suite of Assessments is going digital. This will begin rolling out in the U.S. in Fall 2023 with the PSAT.

Here is a link to the website about the digital SAT, which includes an FAQ page:

Here is a link to the official press release:


Texas School Mental Health Website

The Texas School Mental Health website strives to provide districts and campuses with the resources and tools needed to develop a comprehensive school mental health system.

Mental Health America MHA TOOLKIT

Great printouts with topics such as "What Can I Do When I am Afraid" and "Dealing with Tough Situations."


Find Resources to Create a Safer School