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Covid-19 Shutdown Resources

Trauma Resources

Traumatic experiences and the related impact is entirely unique and different for every individual.  Taking time to acknowledge what has happened and allowing an individual an opportunity to share their experience in a safe, judgement free space is the first step in preventing long lasting effects.  

Sometimes talking with a trusted adult is not enough and individuals may need professional support.  If an individual begins to develop the following symptoms, they may want to consider consulting a mental health professional:


  • Nightmares related to the trauma

  • Intrusive thoughts about the trauma

  • Flashbacks of the trauma

  • Intense feelings of being unsafe

  • Fear that the trauma will occur again

  • Sudden mood swings

  • Social Withdrawal

  • Intense Anxiety

  • Emotional detachment/numbness

 

In terms of coping, it’s essential to find a way to release the intense feelings of being overwhelmed and powerless.  The following are simple tools that can help with self-regulation:

  • Journaling

  • Drawing or engaging in an artistic form of expression

  • Practicing Deep Breathing (In for 4 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, out for 6 seconds)

  • Engaging in Yoga or other physical activity

  • Aromatherapy (lavender & peppermint help with anxiety & stress)

  • Spending time with a pet

  • Practicing Mindfulness (ANYTHING can be done mindfully...try engaging the senses.  What are 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, two things you can smell, 1 thing you can taste?)


Validating one’s experience is invaluable.  Remind individuals that their feelings are allowed!  If anyone you encounter is struggling and may benefit from additional support, please direct them to a mental health professional who can complete an assessment and create an individual treatment plan to address their needs.  


Additional Resources to checkout and share:

https://childmind.org/guide/helping-children-cope-traumatic-event/

https://www.nctsn.org/trauma-informed-care/families-and-trauma

https://www.apa.org/pi/families/resources/children-trauma-tips

https://www.apa.org/Images/trauma-teacher-tips_tcm7-234801.jpg

Mental Health Resources

 Staying HAPPY, HEALTHY and CONNECTED as we all adapt to a new / different normal!
 
Speaker Javier Sanchez has created the following videos to share with students.  For almost 20 years Javier has been inspiring and equipping youth and adults to be intentional about experiencing life to the fullest in a healthy, safe, and positive way. Through comedy, spoken word poetry, and powerful stories from his own life, Javier reminds audiences that their personal power to change their lives and change the world around them starts with the choices they make From This Moment On.
 
 
The Mental Health Effects of Quarantine
 
In a review of 8 studies on the mental health effects of quarantine for a variety of problems, not surprisingly, researchers found increased levels of anxiety, depression, insomnia, low self esteem and lack of self control.  Irritability was found in 57% of those studied.  Human beings are social animals, even the most introverted amongst us.  We crave interactions with others.  As said previously in these posts, the antidote to post traumatic stress is post traumatic growth.  A few things to do to make that transition:
  1. Acknowledge emotional angst both in your children and in yourself – Anxiety is the social impact of our limbic system which is designed to help protect us from danger, sort of like a Marvel Comics flamethrower.  In cave men days, if you didn’t have a limbic system, you would go over to the saber tooth tiger and say, “here kitty, kitty” and you would be eaten by the saber tooth tiger. 
  2. Build your pre-frontal cortex.  Those of us who survived the saber tooth tigers and the T rexes evolved a special part of our brain called the pre-frontal cortex which essentially serves as a barrier or wall against our limbic system.  You can build your prefrontal cortex in the following ways:
    1. Exercise – 30-45 minutes of active exercise builds your pre-frontal cortex
    2. Eat well.  Make sure to eat breakfast each day and add protein to your diet.  It releases energy to your system throughout the day
    3. Sleep – Adults need 7 hours a night, teens 8 hours, 9 -11year olds need 10 hours and children under 9 need 11 hours
  3. Help others – One of the best ways to reduce anxiety and depression is by doing things for others.  Within the barriers of social distancing, find ways to support others either online, with Facetime or other social media platforms or by developing a daily buddy system with someone else who is being isolated. 
  4. Keep a happiness journal – Multiple studies show that if you keep a daily journal (you have to write it down) of 3 things that make you happy, make you optimistic or give you gratitude, you will be happier 1 week, 1 month, 3 months and up to 6 months later.  We all still read The Diary of Anne Frank 80 years later, not because our circumstances are the same.  But because that teenage girl captured the feelings of being cooped up, the fears and the hopes.  It remains inspirational to us because it captures universal feelings.  Who knows which one of your kids will keep the diary that gets read 80 years from now and inspires the next few generations!

Administrative Support

Transcripts
Transcripts for both current students and alumni will continue to be available electronically during the period of the Covid-19 shutdown.  To request a transcript, please fill out a records release form and email a copy to Kelly Petros at [email protected]  Hard Copy transcripts will not be available during this time.
 
Work Permits 
Work Permits will continue to be available electronically.  The work permit application can be found here.  The top portion of page 1 should be completely filled out and  signed by a parent.  The bottom portion of page 1 should be completed by the employer.  Page 2 should be signed by a physician stating that the applicant has a current physical on file.  Once the application has been completed, send a copy to Kelly Petros at [email protected] to complete processing of the application.
 
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