The Quarterly Connection, June 2021 | Tri-Valley’s Guidance/Counseling Department’s Newsletter

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The Quarterly Connection, June 2021 (print friendly)

For good summer mental health, two things are necessary:

  • Discover a Sense of Purpose.
    What needs to happen for yoursummer to be meaningful? Answer this personal question, andthen determine what you can do to make meaning.
  • Have fun
    Act purposefully, but also allow yourself to let go and havefun. Being playful and doing things you enjoy boosts wellbeing. By making time and taking opportunities for fun you can reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and more.

A YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Resources for Teens and Parents of Teens in Crisis

  • TEXT TO TALK: Confidential hot-line for teens
    845-391-1000
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Children’s Mobile Mental Health of Sullivan County
    845-701-3777
  • Crisis Text Line
    Text GOT5 to 741741
  • Suicide Hotline
    1-800-784-2433

Make a plan!

How to address mental health with your kids

  • Be the adult that listens: There are so many things we want to warn our kids away from, but listening to what’s happening in their world is much more powerful.
  • Let kids feel their emotions: Being able to manage big emotions requires feeling them and learning how to deal with that feeling.
  • Talk about mental health regularly: Mental well-being is just as important as physical health, and our conversations about it have to happen before there’s a problem. When parents are vulnerble and talk about mental health the kids will start to open up more easily.
  • Practice mental health hygiene: Just like flossing and brushing, there are daily tasks that strengthen your emotional well-being. Some examples include movement throughout the day, such as exercising or walks. Restricting screen time and modeling healthy coping skills (breathing, therapy, taking a break) are a few more.
  • Find out how your kid uses social media: Our kids’ emotional lives are taking place “in the shadows. Keep an eye out for social media sites like Tik-Tok, Snapchat, Instagram, YikYak, Kik, and WhatsApp.
  • Use therapy as a parenting tool: Consider getting ahead of a serious crisis by introducing the idea of therapy early into a child’s struggles.

Tri-Valley Clinical Team

  • School Psychologists: Stacy Swornik / ES Ext. 5513
  • Michael March SS Ext. 5535 Margaret Ali ES/SS Ext. 5538
  • Social Workers: RoseAnn O’Connor, LCSW ES Ext. 5541
  • Jennifer Diehl, LCSW SS Ext. 5520
  • School Counselors: Nicole Temple ES Ext. 5518; Nicole Bishop Ext. 5507 / Mckenna Alonge Ext. 5506