Mental Health Minute
Week of 5/18 - 5/22
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 staff by specially trained volunteers who can help: 1-844-863-9314 NYS Office of Mental Health
For teens and young adults on the cusp of graduation, this time means (at best) the delay of major developmental milestones; no prom, no chance to walk across a stage, no standing in a crowd of matching gowns and tossing caps into the air. Here is a short article on allowing teens grieve: https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2020/03/31/the-class-of-2020-graduation-prom-covid-19-ellen-odonnell
Teens are the most stressed population in America. Learn how simple mindfulness exercises not only physically change our brain for the better, but also help our response to stress: https://youtu.be/znlsoaM_ALQ
Gentle Reminders...that we all need to
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.
Exercise regularly. There are free exercise videos on YouTube or Go Noodle for adults and kids.
Eat healthy and drink enough water
Have social contact with others, even if you can’t see them in person. You can call, video conference, or connect online.