Self Care Message to Parents/Guardians from School Counselor Emily Stewart
Do you think your child would come to you if they needed help with their mental health? Are you sure?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant changes and challenges in all our lives and I have no doubt that it is impacting our students. So, as we all continue to navigate these unprecedented times, I invite you to talk to your child--rather than assume that your child would come to you, make time to talk. Talk openly with them about how they are feeling and any stressors they may be experiencing. It is completely normal for you and your child to feel anxious, worried, lonely, angry, and whatever other feelings you/they may feel right now. Honor the feelings without judgment. And then do what you can to encourage your child to engage in self-care alongside you.
-Maintain a regular sleep schedule (get at least 7 hours of sleep/night).
-Drink 6-8 glasses of water/day and eat foods that will fuel your body (protein, vegetables, fruits).
-Be kind to yourself. Be gentle with yourself.
-Do something fun everyday. Make a list of things you enjoy and do at least one a day.
-Make time for friends.
-Share your feelings. Talking about your feelings with someone can help you feel happier. It’s true!
-Ask for help if you need it.
LET SOMEONE KNOW IF your child is feeling overwhelmed with sadness or anxiety, is harming or at risk of harming him/herself, or feels that he/she can’t cope. If your child is experiencing an IMMEDIATE CRISIS, call 911 or Crisis Care at 937-224-4646. For non-crisis concerns and/or should you wish to speak with me, Emily Stewart, School Counselor, please email me at [email protected]
Are you interested in counseling services for your child? If so, please complete and return the Primary Health Solutions enrollment packet, click here - PHS Enrollment Packet. If you are unable to print the packet, please contact me at [email protected] or John Seebock, one of our Primary Health Solutions staff members, at [email protected]
The mental health and wellbeing of your child is of utmost importance. Please reach out should you need anything.