Recently I partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to bring critically important programming to our Upper School community. This included a program for all Upper School parents and guardians, followed by two student-centered programs: one for 11th and 12th graders and the other for our 9th and 10th grade students.
Emotional Regulation (ER) is the ability to manage one's emotions in a reasonable or socially acceptable way. These skills are often explicitly taught to children and then scaffolded as they progress through childhood. When these skills are being employed, one must resist impulses from the primitive parts of the brain, which can be extremely difficult because under heightened emotions, cognitive skills drop. As we know all too well, life with COVID-19 has increased the daily stressors that our children are facing.
Psychologists and other child experts reference the “pandemic wall” that many of our students nationwide have hit, now even more so as we cross the one-year anniversary mark of how the world changed overnight. The recent CNN piece, Why kids are hitting the pandemic wall, offers some suggestions to help adults frame for children and adolescents what it is they are feeling and why.
Accessing mental health care can be overwhelming for families, and so I have always done whatever I can to ease the burden of navigating the many complex pieces to this process, including working to eliminate some of the traditional barriers to mental health care.
It will probably come as no surprise, but adult anxiety is on the rise as we all attempt to cope with so many things over which we have no control. Anxiety is a normal reaction to danger, the body's automatic fight-or-flight response that is triggered when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a challenging situation.
Below are links, shared by Key's Counselors, members of the Key community may find of interest.
We can link to anything here - while Wellness Wednesdays are geared for faculty/staff, might there be a reason to have them more publicly read?
We could create sections
Links to hotlines for suppport etc?
The Sky is the limit...