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Mental Health Resources

Taking good care of yourself and your family during these uncertain and ever changing times is critical.  If you or anyone you know is struggling or having a hard time concerning their mental health please learn more here. Please reach out to our school based mental health coordinator Sami Behnke at 715-852-3140 or sbehnke@ecasd.us with questions or for more information. If your concern is an emergency, please call 911. 


MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Mental Health Resources: Hotlines, Helplines, and Hubs
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Northwest Connections (NWC) Crisis Line offers Emergency Mental Health Services.  This service provides a 24/7 telephone crisis line response and in-person crisis response.  NWC offers risk assessments, collaborative safety planning, support, and information on referral services.  Northwest Connections 1-888-552-6642

GENERAL SUPPORTS AND TOOLS
Wisconsin DPI and Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health Resources for Elementary/Middle/High School Students
Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health: Feelings Thermometer
Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health: Fact Sheet
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) For Schools-Wisconsin
Mental Health: How to Support a Friend or Family Member
How to Talk About Mental Health

GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORTS FOR PARENTS/FAMILIES/CAREGIVERS
ECASD Grief and Loss PowerPoint
When Children Grieve: 7 Strategies To Help Them Cope
The Child Mind Institute: Helping Children Deal With Grief
Prevea: Grief and Development
Prevea: Common Grief Questions and Answers

GENERAL STAFF SUPPORT
ReaLiving Support Resources
The Child Mind Institute:  The Teacher's Role When Tragedy Strikes
National Alliance on Mental Illness-Wisconsin

EAU CLAIRE HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Eau Claire Healthy Communities: 715-839-2869 or EMAIL
National Alliance on Mental Illness-Wisconsin

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH
 Regardless of a child’s age, he or she may feel upset or have other strong emotions after an emergency. Some children react right away, while others may show signs of difficulty much later. How a child reacts, and the common signs of distress can vary according to the child’s age, previous experiences, and how the child typically copes with stress.  Children react, in part, on what they see from the adults around them. When adults react calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for children. The links below are for some great resources for helping children cope.  It's a good idea to learn different strategies to cope, including:

Take Care of Yourself:
Eat Healthy
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep Hygiene-Are all-nighters bad for your health?

Self-regulate: 
Mindfulness- Cosmic Kids, GoNoodle, Mindfulness For Teens, Stop, Think and Breathe** (App), Fluidity** (App)

Be Creative:
Drawing - Mandala Online Coloring Pages
Painting

Exercise:
Go for a walk
Yoga - Cosmic Kids, GoNoodle, Yoga for Teens, Stop, Think and Breathe** (App)

Share Your Thoughts:
Talking with someone
Journaling

Talk with Someone

Seek Professional Help if needed

Websites
 NAMI Basics on Demand – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a course for parents or caregivers of children/adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but haven’t yet gotten a formal diagnosis. It provides you with strategies for coping, education and information.

Anxiety & Anxiety Disorders in Children: Information for Parents - Recognize the difference between developmentally appropriate signs of anxiety and those that may need additional services or support. Learn strategies to implement at home for supporting children that demonstrate the more typical responses to anxiety.

How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19) 6 strategies for teens facing a new (temporary) normal - For teenagers facing life changes due to the outbreak who are feeling anxious, isolated and disappointed, know this: you are not alone. Expert adolescent psychologist, Dr. Lisa Damour, shares what you can do to practice self-care and look after your mental health.

Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting From COVID-19 – The National Association for School Psychologists (NASP) provides tips for helping your child cope during COVID-19.  The website also has other resources for coping and explaining COVID-19 which are available online or for download and in multiple languages.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's school counselor.  You can call them and leave a message or email them.  Also check your schools web page for additional information and supports.