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Behavioral Health and Wellness Resources for Parents & Children

 
 
Preventing Suicide: Tips for Parents
 

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in American youth, but by understanding the warning signs and knowing how to respond, we all can help prevent these tragic deaths.


During this Covid-19 pandemic, some students are experiencing new depression and anxiety, and many parents are spending more time than ever with their children.  Parents are in a key position to pick up on warning signs and get help.  

 

For more information and tips for preventing suicide, please CLICK HERE.

 

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Prevención del suicidio: Consejos para padres

 

El suicidio es una de las principales causas de muerte entre los jóvenes de los Estados Unidos, pero si se conocen y comprenden las señales de advertencia y se sabe cómo responder, todos podemos ayudar a prevenir estas trágicas muertes.

 

Durante esta pandemia de COVID-19, algunos estudiantes han experimentado una nueva depresión y ansiedad, aún cuando muchos padres están pasando más tiempo que nunca con sus hijos. Los padres están en una posición clave para captar las señales de advertencia y buscar ayuda. 

 

Para más información e consejos para la prevención del suicidio, haga clic aquí.

 
 
 
 
In response to recent events involving the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the protests that have followed, Mr. Jones and the Tom McCall counselors sent out this letter with some suggestions for talking with and supporting your children.
 

Tom McCall Upper Elementary School 

1255 Pacific Avenue ● Forest Grove, Oregon  97116 ● Ph: (503) 359-2506 ● Fax: (503) 359-2575

Seth Jones, Principal Chelsea Aillon, Assistant Principal


June 1, 2020

Dear Tom McCall Families,

As we find ourselves amid a national crisis resulting from the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we would like to offer some suggestions about how to process this complex issue with your children. Our school counseling team has put together the information below in the hopes of supporting your family during these challenging times. 

Children are aware of what is happening in the world around them whether it is in our community or across our nation. It’s unwise for us as adults to assume that children are unaffected by global events whether they are natural disasters, racial inequities, or other forms of trauma that create fear, confusion and anger. When frightening or violent incidents occur, both children and adults need to process how they are feeling and what they are thinking. To remain silent only compounds anxiety and frustration.

To counteract fear and give reassurance, parents can provide opportunities for children to express how they feel and channel their feelings into positive actions. We recommend taking the following steps during conversations with your children:

#1: Listen: First and foremost, encourage your children to talk about how they’re feeling, and listen carefully. Keep in mind that adults and children will be experiencing a variety of feelings, and that all these feelings are OK to have. Ask about their feelings and ask follow-up questions like “What makes you feel that way?” After your child has shared with you, please do not give advice but instead repeat back what you heard them say. This will communicate that you are listening with an open heart and validating the feelings.

#2:Encourage empathy & perspective-taking: Help build empathy by discussing how different people might be feeling. How might people of color be feeling? How might the protesters be feeling? How might the police officers be feeling? How might white people be feeling?

In closing, we appreciate how hard it is to parent in 2020. We are all hurting from the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate your taking the time to read this letter and considering trying these listening techniques with your children. 

 

With gratitude,

 

Seth Jones

 

 

 

Tom McCall Upper Elementary School 

1255 Pacific Avenue ● Forest Grove, Oregon  97116 ● Ph: (503) 359-2506 ● Fax: (503) 359-2575

Seth Jones, Director Chelsea Aillon, Sub Directora 


1 de junio de 2020


Estimadas familias de Tom McCall,


Mientras nos encontramos en medio de una crisis nacional resultante de la trágica muerte de George Floyd en Minneapolis, Minnesota, nos gustaría ofrecer algunas sugerencias sobre cómo procesar este complejo problema con sus hijos. Nuestro equipo de consejería escolar ha reunido la información a continuación con la esperanza de apoyar a su familia durante estos tiempos difíciles.


Los niños son conscientes de lo que está sucediendo en el mundo que los rodea, ya sea en nuestra comunidad o en toda nuestra nación. No es prudente para nosotros como adultos asumir que los niños no se ven afectados por los eventos mundiales, ya sean desastres naturales, desigualdades raciales u otras formas de trauma que crean miedo, confusión y enojo. Cuando ocurren incidentes atemorizantes o violentos, tanto los niños como los adultos deben procesar cómo se sienten y qué piensan. Guardar silencio solo aumenta la ansiedad y la frustración.


Para contrarrestar el miedo y dar tranquilidad, los padres pueden brindar oportunidades para que los niños expresen cómo se sienten y canalicen sus sentimientos hacia acciones positivas. Recomendamos seguir los siguientes pasos durante las conversaciones con sus hijos:


# 1: Escuche: en primer lugar, aliente a sus hijos a hablar sobre cómo se sienten y escuchen con

           atención. Tenga en cuenta que los adultos y los niños experimentan una variedad de sentimientos, y 

           que todos estos sentimientos están bien. Pregunte sobre sus sentimientos y haga preguntas de 

           seguimiento como "¿Qué te hace sentir así?" Después de que su hijo(a) haya compartido con usted,

           no le dé consejos, sino repita lo que escuchó decir. Esto comunicará que estás escuchando con el

           corazón abierto y validando los sentimientos.


# 2: Fomentar la empatía y la toma de perspectiva: ayudar a construir la empatía al discutir cómo se

            pueden sentir diferentes personas. ¿Cómo se sentiría la gente de color? ¿Cómo se sentirían los

            manifestantes? ¿Cómo se sentirían los policías? ¿Cómo podrían sentirse los blancos?


Para concluir, apreciamos lo difícil que es ser padre en 2020. Todos estamos dolidos por los efectos sin precedentes de la pandemia de COVID-19. Apreciamos que se haya tomado el tiempo de leer esta carta y considere probar estas técnicas de escucha con sus hijos.

 

Con gratitud,

 

Seth Jones

 


For Parents: this section provides resources for parents for how to talk with children about COVID-19 emphasizing reassurance of child fears and anxieties, modeling proper hygiene, establishing routines and monitoring media use

For Children:  this section provides age-appropriate resources for children (e.g., songs and videos) regarding proper hygiene, illness, and visits to medical professionals 

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource


Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource; en español


Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

 

https://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/guidelines-talking-students-about-coronavirus

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), American Academy of Pediatrics

“What Parents Need to Know About Coronavirus,” New York Times

 

How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus, PBS Kids

 

Tips for Families: Talking About the Coronavirus, Zero to Three

 

Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know Now, NPR

 

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus, Child Mind Institute

 

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

KidsHealth Internet Safety Information for Parents

KidsHealth Seguridad en la Internet

Coping After a Disaster (Ready Wrigley Books), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Cómo sobrellevar los desastres o eventos traumáticos (Read Wrigley Books), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

Ready Wrigley Prepares for Flu Season, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

LISTO CALIXTO se prepara para la temporada de influenza, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

A Germ-fighting Superhero, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood/PBS Kids

 

Step-by-step Handwashing with Elmo, Sesame Street/PBS Kids

 

The Man with the Yellow Hat Explains How Germs Work, Curious George/PBS Kids

 

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus

 

Coronavirus Zine/Comic Book

 

General Tips and Facts


General Tips for staying safe & well at home:

General CDC fact sheets to help understand COVID-19 

CDC Frequently Asked Questions


Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use at Home


Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks


How to Prepare for Extended School Closings—and Not Lose Your Mind, Upworthy

What you need to know

What to do if you are sick

Stop the spread of germs


 

Brain Breaks/Mindfulness Ideas for All Ages

All School Age Levels:

Elementary School Level:

Meditation Apps for Kids

 

Journal Prompts for Kids on Self Esteem & Confidence

 

15 Mindfulness and Relaxation Apps for Kids with Anxiety

 

Go Noodle: A free source of movement & mindfulness videos, games & activities for all ages

 

Mindful Ozzy Introduces Mindfulness

 

Freeze Dance

 

Root to Rise

 

Zen Den-Listening Exercise

 

Activity: Teaching Gratitude to Kids

 

Just Breathe by Mindful Schools

 

Yoga for the Classroom-All Ages!

 

5 Minute Yoga

 

Sun Salutations and Yoga with Animals

 

Butterfly Body Scan

Middle School Level:

High School Level:

A Simple Mindful Gratitude Exercise

 

Gratitude Curriculum for Middle & High Schoolers-Has MULTIPLE Activities!

 

Mindfulness for Middles Instructional Article: Getting Buy-In and Activities

 

Mindfulness for Middle School: Explanation for Students

 

20 Minute Yoga Practice for Tweens for Stress Relief

 

“Release” – A Whirlwind of Daily Pressures: How Students Cope

 

Yoga for the Classroom-All Ages!

 

13 Minute Body Scan

 

Everyday Mindfulness: An Explanation

 

Why Mindfulness is a Superpower

 

5 Minute Meditation

Mindfulness for Teens

Mindfulness Exercises (for Teens) 

10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation: Self Soothing by Calm

10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation: The Power of Community by Calm

Gratitude Curriculum for Middle & High Schoolers-Has MULTIPLE Activities!

20 Minute Yoga Practice for Teens

Yoga for the Classroom-All Ages!

An Experiment in Gratitude Use this as an intro to doing a gratitude practice with your teen!

Why Mindfulness is a Superpower

20 Minute Meditation: 10 Minutes Guided 10 Minutes Open

Dealing with Difficult Moments