• Mental Health Resources and Downloads

    Welcome Back!

    Mental health is a crucial part of overall health and wellbeing. Talking about mental health helps improve our community because it allows us to maintain positive mental health, break down stereotypes, improve relationships, and begin to take the stigma out of something that affects us all. Now, more than ever, the school district is committed to ensuring that all our students and families have the support and access to high-quality resources.

    To increase awareness and conversation regarding mental health, Sarasota County Schools will be providing mental health videos and activities every week. These activities are designed to be appropriate for our students in grades 6-12. These videos can be viewed, and activities can be completed, in the comfort of your own home! Check this webpage frequently as additional resources, information, and activities will be added EVERY week.

    If you or child need additional support, information, or resources, please don’t hesitate to contact your school counselor, social worker, or school psychologist.

    If Your Child Is Bullying

      • Listen with an open mind
      • Remember the behavior doesn’t define the child
      • Work with school administration on an action plan


    If Your Child Is Bullied

    • Believe them
    • Tell them you’ll make sure the situation is addressed
    • Follow up with school administration


    If Your Child Witnesses Bullying

    • Ask for more details
    • Assure them the situation will be addressed
    • Follow up with school administration

     

    The Importance of Bystander Power

    When bystanders intervene, it can reduce instances of bullying by more than 50 percent (Hawkins, Pepler, & Craig, 2001). Empowering kids to use their bystander power, whether it's speaking out in the moment or reporting to a trusted adult, can contribute to creating a safer environment both in the classroom and outside of school (Nickerson, Mele, & Princiotta, 2008).

    Listening and Respecting Boundaries

    This week in The Imagine Neighborhood, Scotty and Macho Supreme need to find a solution to their problem: Macho needs an extra oven to bake a humongous batch of cookies for Nana Supreme’s birthday. But Scotty needs the oven in his house because … well, because it's his oven. When Macho comes over and rips the oven out of the wall, they talk about different ways to ask for the things you want and what happens when you don’t get them. Macho finds a great way to ask, complete with macho poses, and even discovers how to feel better if he’s disappointed by the answer!

    Click on the link below to listen to the podcast. Once you are finished you can work with your family to complete the activity!

    Taking Others’ Perspectives

    This week in The Imagine Neighborhood, Scotty and Count Vacula get backstage passes to see Doctor Apocalypso’s band, the Dreadnaughts! Doc loves being onstage, hearing her fans cheer and seeing their flamethrowers. But to Count Vacula, this world is big, loud, and scary. When a bolt of lightning strikes the stage, these two switch bodies and can finally understand the world through the other’s perspective.

    Click on the link below to listen to the podcast. Once you are finished you can work with your family to complete the activity!

     

    GRIT

    Grit is our mindset to persevere. It is our ability to use supports to overcome obstacles. High school is a time of transition, choices, and development of short- and long-term goals. This PDF and activity will help you problem solve and work towards achieving your goals. Grit is an essential ingredient in the recipe for success!

    Grit Activity Handout | Grit High School Overview

    Parent Teen Connect

    Real teens and their parents address hot-button topics to help others with useful advice, videos, and resources.

    https://www.parenteenconnect.org/

    Mind Yeti

    Mind Yeti is a research-based digital library designed to help kids and their adults calm their minds, focus their attention, and connect better to the world around them.

     

    Exploring the Consequences of Actions

    This week in The Imagine Neighborhood, Scotty and Princess Donnasaurus have a big problem to solve: Sock goblins have stolen all of the socks in the neighborhood, right before the Sock Puppet Festival! To save the festival and return everyone’s socks, Scotty and Princess Donnasaurus need to track down those tricky sock goblins and find a way to recover their missing socks—without any sock goblins biting their toes. They explore a few different ideas and those ideas’ consequences before finally settling on the best solution.
    In this episode, we talk about creating if-then plans: breaking down the problem-solving process into steps to make it easier. It can be hard to find the right solution, especially when big feelings are involved. Creating an if-then plan helps kids and adults see different solutions to find the one that works best and is the fairest. And, like all skills, it’s okay if it’s difficult at first: We all get better at problem-solving with practice!

    Click on the link below to listen to the podcast. Once you are finished you can work with your family to complete the activity!

     

    Keeping Calm

    There is a wide range of mindfulness activities for kids from deep breathing to even blowing bubbles. In this activity, you will learn to focus on the present moment by identifying something that helps them calm down.

    First, print out the worksheet. The first page will prompt you for things you can see, hear, smell, and think about that help them calm down. And the second page is for you to draw a picture or print out an image of something (or things) that helps you calm down

    Keeping Calm Activity


    Belly Breathe

     

    Calming Activity

    This is a great calming activity or coping tool to use when students need to cool down after an active lesson, are having a stressful moment, or need an emotion regulation strategy.

    While based on the active rest between each Zoo Academy assessment scene, geared towards K-1 students, this calming activity could be used with students of any age. Students will use Lester the bird’s flying to visualize when to breathe. When Lester flies up, they’ll breathe in, and when Lester flies down, they’ll breathe out.

    Lester Deep Breaths Emotion Regulation

    Just Breath
    In this video children explain how emotions affect different regions of the brain and how to calm down by taking deep breaths.

     

     Owning your Words

    Owning Your Words Download

     

    Be Fearless in the Face of Change! 

     

    Coping Strategies Video 

    Coping Strategies

    Coping strategies are important because they help us balance our overall mental health. In this lesson, we will define stress and identify healthy coping strategies to deal with the stressors in your life.  At the end of this video, you will create your own personal stress plan to help you utilize healthy coping strategies and reduce stress in your life!

    Download My Personal Stress Plan

    I Am Present

     

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