Resiliency & Wellness: Resources for Students, Parents, and Educators during COVID-19

Resiliency & Wellness Toolkit Instructions

Toolkit Purpose: The goal of the Wellness Tool Kit is to provide information and resources to students, parents, and educators in the face of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The resources contained in this toolbox have been specially selected to provide assistance for students return to school. The toolkit includes information on Behavioral Health and Wellness, Learning Resources, Parenting Resources and Activities for students.

How to Use the Resiliency & Wellness Tool Kit

For students, the toolkit provides access to learning activities, healthy ways to help cope with the stress, and positive virtual messaging.

For parents, the toolkit is a resource center where parents can educate themselves on CDC guidance on proper COVID-19 safety precautions, way to talk with children about COVD-19 Pandemic, ways to boost your mental health and wellness during times of stress, and support children when they go back to school.

For educators, the toolkit is a resource center for useful information to assist the return of students to school during COVID-19. The toolbox contains resources on CDC school re-opening guidance, teaching tool for virtual learning, way to support teachers, and links to data to support school decisions.

Activities & Tools for Students & Parents

Rural Community Toolbox: FUNDING & TOOLS TO BUILD HEALTHY DRUG-FREE RURAL COMMUNITIES  Funding, Treatment Services, Information Resources, Expert Help & Training, Community Assessment, and Rural Community Action Guide

Sources of Strength: COVID-19 Resources

Activities, games, and resources to help educators, peer leaders, and families to continue building sources of strength while sheltering at home. FREE, homebased resources that Sources of Strength has developed for families, youth, and educators during COVID. They shared yesterday that many of the resources, including the At Home Guide, can be printed and sent home with students. This might be a great option for groups who are sharing resources with meal distribution.

Print this free coloring and activity book for kids! Looking for free, educational activities to help keep your child busy and learning while at home? This printable coloring and activity book for children ages 8-12 features exciting facts about the human brain and mental health.

Common Sense Media

Free online Events & Activities for kids at home.  Since 2003, independent, nonprofit, and research backed. Offers free online Events and activities for kids at home. Provided entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Rate movies, TV shows, books, and more. Offer library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. Supports K–12. Digital Citizenship Curriculum, tips and tools. 

Futures Without Violence - Activities and information for parents on coping with being at home, understanding the virus and self-regulation. Can be used by teachers in the classroom as well. Spanish and English.

Behavioral Health & Wellness

Learning Resources

2x2 Self Care & Wellness Series - Daily Selfcare Tips and Support for managing life. Video sessions every Tuesday and Thursday about managing stress, grief, work/life balance, and wellness.

 DBHDD Mental Health Resiliency Support Clubhouses: Our Mental Health Resiliency Support Clubhouses seeks to support children and families coping with isolation, stigma, and other considerations associated with mental health disorders. Download this pdf file.Clubhouse Listing

GPB’s National Public Media Well Being Initiative: Host recorded and live virtual events to demystify and destigmatize mental health concerns through storytelling

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC)

Responding to COVID-19: highlight products and resources that can be useful when coping with the effects of widespread public health crises such as:

  • Psychosocial Impacts of Disasters: Assisting Community Leaders
  • Supportive Practices for Mental Health Professionals During Pandemic-Related Social Distancing

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network offers a large collection of webinars, resources, and toolkits designed for to provide support to schools, educators, school-based mental health professionals, and parents. 

KidsHealth/TeenHealthEmotions and Behaviors for Parents, Teens, Educators. Find out how to understand your child's behavior.

Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley - How to Support Teachers’ Emotional Needs Right Now

  • This article from Greater Good Magazine provides insights into ways schools can develop a plan to help teachers who are feeling anxious and overwhelmed.

SAMHSA Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools

Toolkit assists high schools and school districts in designing and implementing strategies to prevent suicide and promote behavioral health.

Diversity & Resiliency Institute of El Paso

Anti-Racism virtual training, with 3 modules (approximately 2 hours of content in each module) for Students and the General Public.

Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest is a community engagement experience that invites people around the world to inspire one another to reveal and promote acts of compassion that better our lives, our communities, and all life on Earth. Random Acts of Kindness.

Seize The Awkward: A national public service advertising (PSA) campaign created by The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Jed Foundation in partnership with the Ad Council. It empowers teens and young adults (16-24 yrs) to reach out an support their friends who may be struggling with mental health issues. Videos, Web Banners, Posters…

PBS For Parents

Support for A Different School Year “new normal” – Back to school check list and Learn at Home Check list. This resource is great because it has an app parents can download but it is for younger kids. How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus, helpful tools to practice healthy habits with your children, Tips on How your family can de-stress 

PBS Education: How to Talk To Little Learners About Coronavirus

EVERY LEARNER EVERYWHERE

Every Learner Everywhere offers Online instructions in Response to COVID-19. Faculty-focused playbook intended to improve course design, teaching, and learning in online environments.  The offer resources related to best practices for remote instruction as well as toolkits that guide you through the implementation of adaptive or other digital learning tools.

TEACHTHOGHT

Offers teacher-crafted learning activities that sync up with the school year. Goal is to empower parents and teachers so each child’s needs and potential can take center stage. Preschool to 5th Grade.

Kognito

Guide for Re-entry into the Classroom: How to Prepare Educators to Welcome Back the Students)

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC)

Download this pdf file.GUIDE TO VIRTUAL LEARNING - This guide provides a walkthrough of both the technical (platforms) and the interactive (the pedagogy) strategies and approaches to virtual learning. It is written for facilitators and presenters who are leading professional development and group learning online.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media offers free online Events and activities for kids at home. Since 2003, they’ve provided entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. Rate movies, TV shows, books, and more. Offer library of independent age-based ratings and reviews. Supports K–12. Digital Citizenship Curriculum, tips and tools. 

Kahoot – A game-based learning company.

  • Create online learning games to engage students

COVID-19

CDC Coronavirus Toolkits Links:

  • Provides basic information on COVID-19 and how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: CDC Toolkit for K-12 Schools

UNICEF: UNICEF Parenting offers articles and resources to help parents support their children’s physical and emotional well-being during COVID-19. Resources include information about coping, health & wellness, learning to play during social distancing, and supporting children’s mental health as they return to school. Coronavirus (COVID-19) guide for parents

National Association of School Psychologist (NASP): Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting from Covid-19. Helpful Tips for Parents. Stay Calm, Listen and Offer Reassurance.

Cincinnati Children’s: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Videos for Kids and Parents: Help parents to explain COVID-19 to children using relatable animation. Video topics include social distancing, fear related to COVID-19, why people are wearing masks, how to stop the spread of germs, and when to seek medical care.

Department of Public Health (DPH)

American Lung Association EACHBREATH. Top Story: COVID-19. Protecting yourself and loved ones…

Operation Parent COVID-19 Webinar Series: A platform sourced with the “must know” material for anyone raising teens and preteens, curated from leading experts and our own experiences as parents. E-books, webinars and videos for parents and teachers of fourth grade to high school students.

Mental Health America:  - Resources For Immediate Response, Mental Health & Wellness Webinars, & Information (Tips for Social Distancing, Protecting Your Mental Health, When Home Becomes The Work Place, etc.), and Online Peer Support. Mental Health & Covid-19 Resources

Mercer Medical Minute: Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta developed a resource guide dedicated to providing parents information on COVID-19 and helping children cope during the pandemic. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Parenting Resources During COVID-19

Futures Without Violence - Promising Futures Best Practices for Serving Children, Youth, and Parents Experiencing Domestic Violence

Substance Abuse Prevention

Data & Research

GET SMART ABOUT DRUGS, A DEA Resource for Parents, Ed & Caregivers. Teens and Rx Meds: What You Should Know…

Download this pdf file.How To Talk To Your Kids About Vaping , American Lung Association

What You Need to Know About E-cigarettes:

N-O-T: Not On Tobacco:

INDEPTH: An Alternative to Suspension or Citation, American Lung Association. Helping teens quit smoking. Four, 50-minutes training sessions. Helps educate students about nicotine dependence and cravings and ultimately guide them through the process of identifying their own reasons for chewing, smoking or vaping tobacco products. Adults can implement the INDEPTH program at their school or community-based organization.

Georgia Patients’ Rx Medicine Info/FAQ Summary (printable): Information on 10 specific questions you should ask your doctor if you are prescribed opioids or prescription pain medication.

Drug Free Hall ‘Three steps to save a life’ (opioid OD rescue demo)  Information on how to identify an opioid overdose and how to respond to an opioid overdose in case of emergency.

Check out the DBHDD Prevention Clubhouses - Teen program for youth ages 11-17. Provide emotional and educational support so youth can successfully navigate their world.

Next Generation Youth Development (Dawson County, GA)
DR3AM'RS Clubhouse Program (Norcross, GA) 
100 Black Men of West Georgia (LaGrange, GA)

Drug Disposal Locations: DEA National Rx Drug Take-Back Day/Drug Disposal Locations  Information on DEA sponsored National Prescription Drug Take Back Days to safely dispose of any prescription medication to prevent possible misuse or accidental poisoning due to prescription drugs.

Georgia Standing Order for Naloxone Rx: In Georgia, there is a Standing Order of Naloxone for overdose prevention instituted by the Commissioner of Public Health. Please see this resource for more information.

Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Programs are Federal grant program that provides funding to community-based coalitions that organize to prevent youth substance use. GA Listing (

OBHPFG’s Georgia Strategic Prevention System (GASPS) Data Warehouse - An online one stop shop for gathering state- and county-level data, as well as other national or external resources, related to substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention, and mental health promotion.

Voices for Georgia’s Children

Georgia Insights is an initiative of the Georgia Department of Education, focused on improving the clarity and accessibility of district and school-level data through public-friendly and easy-to-use dashboards. Georgia Insights utilizes the data the state already collects and presents it using clear, easy-to-understand visuals.

Voices for Georgia’s ChildrenNetwork of agencies focused on research and analysis, public education, convening, and engagement with decision-makers. Utilize a holistic “whole child” perspective that allows us to identify how different policies impact children and to propose solutions that benefit children on multiple levels.

Reports

Download this pdf file.Supporting Children’s Mental Health in Georgia Schools: How Three School-Based Mental Health Providers Serve Students By gleaning information and perspective from these in-depth interviews in the context of Georgia’s “new normal,” we have the opportunity to design a mental health service delivery future that is sleeker, more efficient, and more effective. And as children and youth emerge from sheltering in place, we will need this roadmap more than ever.

Download this pdf file.Help Guides for Children with Behavior and Learning Challenges : These Guides are for parents and caregivers but may also be helpful for teachers, advocates, and others concerned about school children with behavior or learning challenges. Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and its Young Professionals Council created the guides.

Download this pdf file.Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Disasters and Other Trumas : What Parents, Rescue Workers, and the Community can Do. National Institute of Mental Health

Brochures

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Postvention

Download this pdf file.Office of Behavioral Health Prevention and Federal Grants

Download this pdf file.Teen Brain, 7 Things to Know : National Institute of Medicine

Emergency & Other Mental Health Services