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Description: What you'll learn from this article: Why is substance use more dangerous for teens with mental health disorders? Why do teens with mental health disorders use substances? Why does substance use make a mental health disorder worse? Experts note that to encourage teens to reduce or stop substance use, it’s important give them other coping strategies to manage their problems without turning to substances.
Description: Optimistic thinking impacts many areas of our lives, including work performance, productivity, motivation, sense of purpose, stress levels, and more. Now, more than ever, educators need to tap into their optimistic thinking and goal-setting skills to increase their resiliency, well-being, and positive outlooks. Check out their Free Optimistic Thinking Guide to get research-based, practical resources to enhance your social-emotional knowledge and skill set. In addition to improving your own...
Description: Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation. But oftentimes, stress that is not managed well can get in the way of reaping the immediate, natural benefits to our mental health that this season brings us. Here are few mind, body and soul refreshing ideas for you to try out this month: Practice meditation: One of the most effective ways to deal with stress is to learn how to silence the mind. Meditation is one of the most popular methods of achieving this quiet. Exercise: Another way to battle...
Description: Breaking Down the Issue Burnout and demoralization are meaningfully different forms of work dissatisfaction that each affect teachers’ ability to do their jobs and influence decisions to remain in the profession. System and school conditions contribute to or buffer against demoralization and burnout in ways that directly affect the lives of both teachers and students. Evidence is growing that the pandemic has increased demoralization and burnout among many teachers. This article provides...
Description: Teacher retention is a serious concern for many districts and the COVID-19 pandemic has placed additional pressure on districts to ensure the right mental health support and professional development is in place. In fact, 33% of teachers are somewhat or very likely to leave the profession within the next 12 months, compared to only 8% prior to the pandemic. This report outlines the key factors leading to attrition in today’s environment and research-based strategies schools can implement to...
Description: The principles provided are derived from research on time management, motivation theory and much experience working with university students. Think of time management techniques as tools to help you do what you value the most. Make these tools into an expression of your values—what’s most important to you—not just a schedule to get more stuff done. Try to keep these principles in mind as you schedule and calendar your time, and when making the moment-to-moment decisions that...
Description: Burnout is a topic that hits close to home for me as an SLP of 15 years. In some ways, I think I started to feel that burn even before I got my CCC’s. Why are we and others in the “helping professions” so much more likely to experience burnout than others braving the workforce? This week, burnout expert, Dr. Julie Slowiak, shares her own personal experience with overwhelm and under-joy in the workplace, and offers SLP’s the strategies we need to recognize burnout and to...
Description: A self-care plan can help you enhance your health and wellbeing, manage your stress, and maintain professionalism as a worker with young people. Learn to identify activities and practices that support your wellbeing as a professional and help you to sustain positive self-care in the long-term. This will help you to: understand self-care develop your self-care plan put your self-care plan into action.
Description: Formalize daily "self-care" planning: District leaders can strive to improve the wellbeing of their teachers and staff by encouraging consistent self-care through the use of robust planning tools. This daily planning is grounded in self-reflection and meant to help teachers recognize their own signs and symptoms of emotional or mental distress. These planning tools—developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments as part of...
Description: Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others. (14:16 minutes)
Description: This Warm Line is a peer-run service for residents of Virginia. They offer this support line for individuals, family members, and other concerned parties who would like someone to talk to, or who request community mental health resources, or who have specific questions about their recovery journey. The peers who answer this Warm Line listen with compassion and provide non-judgmental support. The peers at MHAV are not licensed professionals, medical providers, or legal advisers. MHAV’s Warm...
Description: This Virtual Calming Room is a place for students, families and staff to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings and building our resilience during this pandemic .
Description: Try some or all of these practices to experience a greater sense of well-being and resilience. Mindful Breathing for Adults Brief Body Scan Self-Compassion Break for Adults Loving-Kindness for Adults How Would You Treat a Friend? And more . . .
Description: Teacher burnout, stress, and turnover are on the rise. In fact, 73% of K–12 teachers report experiencing job-related stress. 59% say they’re dealing with burnout. And 28% say they have symptoms of depression. The numbers are similar for principals and staff. Between school violence, pandemic-related hardships, politicization, and staff shortages, it’s unsurprising that teachers and staff are questioning — and ultimately leaving — their professions....
Description: Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it. The Types of Mindfulness Practice While mindfulness is innate, it can be cultivated through proven techniques. Here are some examples: Seated, walking,...
Description: The Institute offers Family Support Professionals everywhere the opportunity to learn new skills and grow their careers. Through engaging, online modules and a personalized learning map feature, professionals take charge of their growth and advancement. All Institute modules and the career compass are based on the National Core Competency Framework. Supervisor modules are based on the National Supervisor Competency Framework .                   ...
Description: Self-care during times of crisis is extremely important, certainly for ourselves, but just as much in order to be able to help and support our clients on an on-going basis.  Managing your own level of stress will have the dual benefit of sustaining your own well-being as well as making you more effective in your work.  Each of us is different, our preferences and possibilities quite varied, so there is no prescription for self-care that will be effective for everyone. Yet there are...
Description: One helpful way to practice Self-Awareness Self-Care is to nurture a regular habit of checking in with yourself around The Four R’s of Resilience: Rest, Relaxation, Replenishment, and Release. These categories speak to four foundational pillars of personal wellness relating to sleep, stress relief, diet, and exercise. Positive outcomes are boosted when we intentionally foster these areas in our lives either individually or by buddying up or forming an informal self-care support group with...
Description: One powerful mindfulness practice for noticing and meeting your needs is called “Knowing Your S.T.U.F.” This is an acronym that helps one notice four elements of emotions and move into constructive problem-solving. Taught by Psychologist Joel Minden, S.T.U.F. stands for Sensations, Thoughts, Urges, and Feelings. When you take a few minutes to step back and acknowledge these levels of your emotional experience in the present moment, you engage the executive brain and naturally develop...
Description: Early learning programs can play a key role in helping children, families, and staff commit to finding ways to reduce stress in their lives. Programs can also create wellness strategies that promote both physical and mental well-being. In the resources below, learn ways to promote a culture of wellness for young children and the adults who care for them.
Description: This tookit, compiled by the Spiral Foundation, is designed to help adults with sensory processing difficulties better understand their diagnosis and advocate for themselves and their needs. “A Guide to Sensory Integration for Adolescents and Young Adults” is a free downloadable handbook for teens and young adults who have recently been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder or who suspect they may have sensory processing problems. It provides a brief introduction to the history...
Description: These notes can spread some positivity—self-adhesive and perforated—these notes can be peeled off one at a time and posted anywhere a grateful recipient will see them.
Description: The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) and the Northwest PBIS Network are collaborating to bring you a FREE, 3-part webinar series presented by WellEducator, LLC.  NWPBIS is partnering with Dr. Renee VanNorman of WellEducator, LLC to bring you the most up to date research, suggestions, and exemplars on how to build wellness, and respond to life's challenging moments (in and out of the classroom) with self-compassion.  Educator stress and...
Description: Are you stressed? Do you stress about things like, work, home, and family? If so, you’re not alone! Join this webinar and a community of like-minded ECE experts, teachers, and peers. Stress is not an event…..stress is our reaction to an event. Stress can motivate you to achieve great things! But in excess, stress can be overwhelming. Learn about the indicators and strategies to combat educator stress to help increase your engagement (both personally and professionally) while working...
Description: Early childhood educators strive to meet the needs of the children and families they serve and tend to neglect their own well-being. However, practicing self-care is important to provide high-quality programs to young children and their families. Join this webinar to rekindle your passion and to discover the red flags of burnout, strategies to develop a self-compassionate state-of-mind, and tips to prevent burnout. Objectives: Understand self-care and signs of burnout to establish protective...
Description: Practicing Self-Care and Professionalism People who take care of others often put their own needs last. Does that sound familiar? Caring for yourself is important for your health and wellness, and it is directly related to your ability to care for others and succeed at work. Although you can’t avoid all stress, too much stress can make it hard to provide care for others, especially infants and toddlers who depend on your physical and emotional availability. Taking care of yourself...
Description: The purpose of this brief is to provide recommendations to district and school leadership teams on how the components of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can be used to prioritize staff health and wellbeing.
Description: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Virginia provides YouTube videos with yoga instruction covering a variety of topics, including: Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Children: What Is Yoga? Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Children: Why Do We Do Yoga? Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Teens: What Is Yoga? Yoga Ed. x NAMI Virginia: Chair Yoga for Teens: Why Do We Do Yoga? And more...
Description: A recent study suggests that mindfulness education — lessons on techniques to calm the mind and body — can reduce the negative effects of stress and increase students’ ability to stay engaged, helping them stay on track academically and avoid behavior problems. While small, the study of sixth-graders at a Boston charter school adds to a still-growing body of research about a role for mindfulness in the classroom. In recent years, the topic has excited researchers and...
Description: This is a compilation of articles about the importance of self-care as well as helpful strategies for parents, family members and caregivers.
Description: Coping with Stress The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more...
Description: This is a compilation of resources that focus on well-being and offer a myriad of tips and tools for taking care of yourself.
Description: The purpose of this brief is to provide recommendations to district and school leadership teams on how the components of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can be used to prioritize staff health and wellbeing.
Description: In order to create conditions for students to engage in SEL, adults need to feel empowered, supported, and valued. This calls on districts to foster a supportive staff community that promotes adults’ own SEL. This focus area helps districts strengthen staff expertise and skills to lead SEL initiatives, as well as cultivate adults’ social, emotional and cultural competencies. Key Activities include: Central Office Expertise, Professional Learning, Adult SEL and Cultural Competence.
Description: Why Build Resilience? A focus on compassion resilience will guide all staff back to the core set of values and the drive for a sense of purpose that drew them to work in schools in the first place. It will do so by supporting the development of a strong set of skills to manage expectations, set professional and personal boundaries, build effective collegial relationships, and practice real-time and ongoing self-care. A focus on relational trust between teachers, students, families, colleagues,...
Description: Resilience is required in all aspects of life from understanding yourself and your goals, building personal relationships with friends and families to finding common ground with people you disagree with.  This resilience toolkit provides reflections, exercises, videos, and materials you can use to develop the ability to bounce back in the face of stressful situations and inevitable setbacks.
Description: Panorama's signature Adult SEL Toolkit is aligned to CASEL's Focus Area 2 for SEL implementation. For the 2020-21 school year, Panorama enhanced the toolkit with new resources, templates, and materials. Download the updated toolkit to renew and strengthen your district's focus on adult SEL and teacher wellness this year! What's Inside This Toolkit?  Panorama's Adult SEL Measures (includes 15 survey topics) 4 Adult SEL Strategies from Panorama's Professional Learning Library 3 Activities for...
Description: The ProQOL is the most commonly used measure of the negative and positive affects of helping others who experience suffering and trauma. The ProQOL has sub-scales for compassion satisfaction, burnout and compassion fatigue. The measure has been in use since 1995. There have been several revisions.  The ProQOL measure may be freely copied as long as (a) author is credited, (b) no changes are made other than those authorized below, and (c) it is not sold. You may substitute the...
Description: 30 Days of Mindfulness in the Classroom- Bring mindfulness to your classrooms with ease. From breathing exercises to meditations to relaxation activities, each day is a new mindful exploration complete with a lesson plan. Self Care Guide for Teachers- At the heart of a mindful classroom is a healthy and happy teacher. When you’re thriving you naturally have more energy, creativity, and empathy to offer your students. It’s a win-win! Free Resources to Support Mental and...
Description: Wellness is about modifying areas of your life that will lead to healthier physical, emotional, and spiritual outcomes. Developing and practicing these changes looks and feels different for everyone. Finding wellness is about discovering what is best for you. To fully understand the significance of wellness, let’s break down the Wellness Wheel — an interconnected wheel that shows 7 different areas that impact your well being. Neglecting areas of the wheel will affect your wellness,...
Description: Supporting Self-Care for Educators During COVID-19 Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Learning for Educators Toolkit How to Support Teachers Emotional Needs Right Now
Description: Resilience: Information to help you develop your self-awareness and ability to bounce back during times of stress and change. Making Sure Your Stress isn’t contagious Build Your Resilience in the Face of a Crisis Well-Being and Self-Care: Resources to help you focus on your own well-being so that you can stay healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically during the coronavirus outbreak. Four Ways to Calm Your Mind in Stressful Times Coping with COVID-19: Ideas for Staying Connected in this...