March 20, 2020

Department of Equity and Student Affairs

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

School counselors, school psychologists, and therapists are available from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. via email. Students and families can schedule time to connect with their support personnel as needed. In addition, our mental health staff will be checking in with students and families who have been receiving ongoing school-based support. PAUSD social workers will be checking in with families in McKinney Vento and Foster Care Programs providing continued support remotely during school closures.        

Families, students, or staff seeking counseling-related mental health services can utilize Care Solace to find a community provider. Care Solace is a free online resource with a live 24/7 concierge line meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health related programs and counseling services. To use Care Solace, individuals answer ten basic questions in order to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance, including, Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare, and those who have no insurance. Those in need of support may call: (888) 515-0595; email: weserve@caresolace.org; or visit: www.caresolace.com/pausdfamilies.

WELLNESS RESOURCES

The High School Wellness Centers and the Wellness & Support Services Department have taken outreach online and will be sharing daily posts with tips, activities, resources, and a little humor to encourage students and their well-being. 

Some great resources to keep your brains and bodies active include: 

  • Planet Fitness – Free online classes, no equipment needed, streaming at 4:00 p.m. daily.
  • Obé Fitness – Live fitness classes with a 30-day free trial (use code: ATHOME).
  • Duolingo – Free, fun way to learn a language.  
  • Atlas Co – Free application, Atlas Co (a blue mountain with a red background), for both iPhone and Android, that functions as a “healthy Instagram page” where students can video journal, record their thoughts/feelings, listen to podcasts, and access mindfulness practices like guided meditation. 
  • The Mind Unleashed – Free remote museum, national park, zoos tours, and symphonies.
  • Adventures in Familyhood – 20 virtual field trips to take with your kids.

Websites that can support in calming/reducing anxiety and uplift your mood include: 

  • 7 Cups of Tea: Online “hotline” where you can chat or connect with a mental health professional anonymously and completely free. There is an additional payment option, if you would like to be assigned a therapist through this service. There are additional mental health resources on the website as well.  
  • Pixelthoughts: A 60-second meditation website where you can enter “what is bothering you” and a meditation for your needs will pop up and guide you through the practice. 
  • WeaveSilk: A website or iPhone app allows you to create digital art using waves of neon colors. The only limit is your imagination. Great for brain breaks and self-soothing.
  • QuietKit: Provides tools to build your own meditation at your own pace. You can choose from a variety of times, level of familiarity with meditation practice (beginner, intermediate, advanced), and the current issue you are facing that day. 
  • Neonflames: Allows your creativity to run wild while you are safe at home. You can choose from a variety of colors and create something magnificent. Pro tip: if you hold the mouse down for several seconds you can enhance the color. 
  • Find the Invisible Cow: A game to distract yourself.
  • ZooBorns: A variety of videos of recently born zoo animals to uplift your spirit.
  • Happy News: Access some happy news to balance your media consumption.

Below are some articles that people are finding helpful:

Upcoming Virtual Wellness Events

  • The Mindful Living Summit: This 4-day event, co-produced by The Awake Network and Mindful, will feature many of today’s leading neuroscience experts, mindfulness teachers, and psychologists, including: Rick Hanson, Tara Brach, Kristin Neff, Elisha Goldstein, Rhonda Magee, Dan Siegel, Kelly McGonigal, Parneet Pal, Jeremy Hunter, and many others. 
  • We are working with our PTAs to offer family engagement events online as well, stay tuned.