Mental Health Minute Issue 12 Week of 6/8/2020

Mental Health Minute 
Issue 12
Week of 6/8 - 6/12

The Avon Central School Mental Health team would like to offer support for our kids and families by providing weekly on-line tips and resources. We understand this can be a stressful time for families and that you are receiving a lot of information from many different directions. Taking this into account, our team has decided to pull some of the best information we can find and bring it to you in small weekly installments. If you are overwhelmed right now, the NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Line is staffed by specially trained volunteers who can help:  1-844-863-9314 NYS Office of Mental Health

Mental Health Minute Issue 12 Week of 6/8/2020

Support Techniques for Parents of Graduating Seniors During COVID-19                                                    AC’s Social Worker and Student Counselor, Kate Dunlavey, recently spoke with parents of graduating seniors to provide support techniques to help students navigate the wide range of emotions they may be feeling during these uncertain times. Throughout the session, Kate focused on the importance of students finding closure nearing the end of their high school careers and preparing for the next chapters of their lives. She also discussed coping strategies to process the grief students may feel in response to the potential cancellation of senior milestone events.

Teens may express anger, fatigue, boredom or frustration as they navigate this scenario. These could be ways that they are experiencing sadness or fear, among other emotions. Listen to your kids when they talk—they likely have a lot of feelings that they may or may not know how to convey.  

Supporting High School Seniors During COVID-19:

Gentle Reminders...that we all need to

  1. Get enough sleep.  Practice good sleep hygiene. Avoid cell phones or TV before bed, try to go to bed at the same time each night, make sure the room is dark and quiet enough, and practice breathing or mindfulness exercises if your thoughts are too “loud” to sleep.

  2. Exercise regularly.  There are free exercise videos on YouTube or Go Noodle for adults and kids.

  3. Eat healthy and drink enough water

  4. Have social contact with others, even if you can’t see them in person. You can call, video conference, or connect online.