Today we are constantly bombarded with information about coronavirus and COVID-19, and it can sometimes become overwhelming. There are so many opposing viewpoints that seem to evolve on a daily basis, and it’s challenging to keep up. For young children, this feeling of uncertainty can be frightening or cause anxiety. For adolescents, they may be stressed because of confusion about how to maneuver the new at-home and distance learning and how to successfully manage their time.
Fortunately, our Gulf Coast- area public school counselors are available to help alleviate some of that uncertainty and stress. Several school districts have set up website reference pages tailored to their individual communities. Many counselors offer guidance via online video conferencing with Google Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom. Students and parents are encouraged to research and utilize the endless amount of free support services and resources that are available through their local public schools.
Find your school district’s counseling link here:
wikiHow- Remaining calm amidst an outbreak
Mental Health America-Links and resources to mental health and anxiety hotlines, articles, webinars, and how-tos
Positive Psychology- Mindfulness and breathing activities for children
TEA- School counseling and mental health services information