Dear Bella Mente Families,
These past few weeks have been very difficult to all of us as we cope with unprecedented circumstances from school closures, to social distancing, and shelter-in-place directives. We want to commend you for demonstrating resilience in the face of adversity and for modeling responsible behaviors. As a community, each and every one of us is playing a role in supporting the effort to contain and mitigate the adverse impacts that the Coronavirus has been having in our routines and daily life.
Your students are coping with uncertainty in many different ways as they do their best to express their worries and fears. As caregivers, it is understandable for you to experience these feelings as well. We are sharing resources that might help you manage and alleviate some of yours and your students’ concerns. We are here to support all of you.
Sincerely, The Student Support Services Team.
National Association of School Psychologists (nasponline.org)
Supporting Children’s Mental Health: Tips for Parents and Educators
Building Resiliency: Helping Children Learn to Weather Tough Times
Strengthening Positive Parenting Practices During a Public Health Crisis
Relocating to a New School: Tips for Families
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
Supporting Students Experiencing Childhood Trauma: Tips for Parents and Educators
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Families and Teachers
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov)
COVID-19: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
San Diego Helpline 619-543-1434 Peer-to-Peer and Family Support
NAMI San Diego – San Diego’s Voice on Mental Illness Ending The Silence
Crisis Hotlines and Resources
● Contact the San Diego Access & Crisis Line, if you or someone you care about is experiencing a suicidal or mental health crisis and needs immediate help. Trained and experienced counselors are available to provide support, referrals, and crisis intervention. The call is free and confidential. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
Crisis Line 888-724-7240 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day)
Live chat M-F 4:00 – 10:00 pm
TDD/TTY Dial 711
● National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1800-273-8255 or 1-800-799-4889 for DHH
● Crisis Text Line | Test HOME to 741741 free, 24/7 Crisis Counseling
● 211 San Diego
● Directory of Behavioral Health Services Providers
● Mental Health America of San Diego County
● National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego
● Call the National Parent Helpline: 1-855-4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent. They are available M-F 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
● San Diego County Behavioral Health Services
How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus by Dr. Jamie Howard, courtesy of Child Mind Institute:
Dr. Laura Markham Helps Kids Manage Coronavirus Fears, courtesy of GoZenOnline
Dr.Shefali Helps Parents Navigate Life Changes due to Coronavirus, courtesy of GoZen Online