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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 reach out as follows:

If your concern is an emergency, please call 911
 

For a Mental Health crisis, please call:

  • Northwest Connections 1-888-552-6642
  • National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255
  • Wisconsin HOPELINE text HOPELINE 741741
  • Trevor Project Helpline: Need help?  We are here for you 24/7.  1-866-488-7386 (For LGBTQIA+ Youth)
 

You can also learn about many other resources available to support youth mental health in our brochure by clicking here

SCHOOL BASED MENTAL HEALTH
If your child is currently participating in School Based Mental Health (SBMH) services and you have not yet heard from your child’s therapist, please contact him or her or your school counselor. If you're interested in referring your child for services or learning more about SBMH, please contact your school counselor directly. 
 
GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORTS FOR STUDENTS
Teen Support Group Brochure

GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORTS FOR PARENTS/FAMILIES/CAREGIVERS
Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health: Feelings Thermometer
When Children Grieve: 7 Strategies To Help Them Cope
The Child Mind Institute: Helping Children Deal With Grief
Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health: Fact Sheet
The Child Mind Institute-Transforming Child Lives
Prevea: Grief and Development
Prevea: Common Grief Questions and Answers
Family/Caregiver Support "HERE FOR YOU" Series NEW Coming Soon-Please Check Back for Dates
Grief and Loss in Children/Teens-Date: Coming Soon
Suicide Prevention QPR: Question Persuade and Refer-Date: Coming Soon
Social Emotional Learning Needs and Children's Mental Health-Scheduled for February 23rd

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
Fighting Winter Blues with Wintermission and Eau Claire Healthy Communities
Visit Eau Claire: Wintermission
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
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

**(App) - These Apps can be downloaded through the Self-Service app on iPad

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.
 

Eau Claire Area School District 

Family/Caregiver Support 

“HERE FOR YOU”  

Social Emotional Needs & Mental Health:  

Connecting with School and Family 

Ways to Stay Active this Winter | Eau Claire, WI Things To Do 

Image Source: visiteauclaire.com 

Caring Connections and Local Resources Provided 

This virtual workshop is designed for families and caregivers to offer support, understanding, and resources to help you and your children stay well during times of uncertainty, stress, and worry. 

Day Session: Tuesday, Feb 23rd Time: 1-1:45 p.m. (Same content as evening session) 

Evening Session:  Tuesday, Feb 23rd Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. 

Virtual Meeting Link:   https://bit.ly/3sNTMG8 

Presenters: Sarah Greenlaw, National Board Certified, Special Education Teacher; Marlene Koch, School Psychologist, both from Verona Area School District; Barb Habben, NAMI Eau Claire; and Lisa Steig, ECASD Mental Health Coordinator.   

If you need interpreting services or if you would like more information on ECASD School Based Mental Health services, please email Lisa Steig at lsteig@ecasd.us.