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Mental Wellness

BannerThe Comal ISD Student Support Services Department is committed to helping students and families as we navigate the effects of COVID-19 on our community. Below you will find helpful links and resources for students and families related to social/emotional supports, mental health, and general mental well-being.
 
Keystone, Connections, CIS Service Recipients:
For students who have been receiving support services through Keystone, Communities in Schools, or Connection and have questions, please email kristi.elliott@comalisd.org 
 
McKinney Vento Service Recipients:
If your family is currently being served through our McKinney Vento program which supports families experiencing homelessness or our Foster Care Program and you need assistance, please email natally.padron@comalisd.org 

Stress

CDC Guide to Manage Anxiety and Stress

Managing  our own stress and anxiety can often be challenging. This is something we have never experienced and comes with a lot of uncertainty. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

 

Support Kids

Talking About COVID-19

There is so much information out there regarding support for children during these times that it can become overwhelming. The National Association of School Psychologist website has a great handbook for parents with practical guidelines.

 

 

Concerns

PBS for Parents: Talking to Your Kids

While adults are concerned about the immediate issues of work and bills, our students concerns are based in the rumors swirling around them. The "I heard..." and "Did you know..." statements are not always accurate, but are revealing of their concerns. PBS for Parents offers three themes to center your conversations around.

 

Teens

How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen

Fear, uncertainty and anxiety are bound to be heightened in situations such as these. This fear and anxiety can especially affect people already suffering from anxiety. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America offers several ideas to help calm that anxiety in your child or teen.

 

 

SEL

 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is defined as the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These are especially important during these highly stressful times.

 

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Below are a few links to sites that can help you support SEL in fun, interactive ways:

Parent Toolkit is a one-stop shop resource that was produced and developed with parents in mind.

 

Confident Parents, Confident Kids is a site for parents actively supporting kids' social and emotional development.

 

These pages have activities and lessons to address stress and anxiety:

 

Addressing Stress and Anxiety in Elementary Students

 

Addressing Stress and Anxiety in Middle/High School Students

 

Addressing Stress and Anxiety in College Students

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If the COVID-19 crisis has left you feeling mentally, emotionally, spiritually or financially hopeless you are not alone. Your community is here to help. For more information call (830) 606-9512 or visit www.comalcountycares.com.
 
Individuals (adults or children) struggling with heightened feelings of hopelessness, panic or desperation can receive assistance 24/7 through our local mental health agencies listed below or through 911 if experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts.
 
Agency: Residents of: Location: Contact:
Hill Country MHDD
Comal County
Blanco County
Hays County 
New Braunfels
San Marcos
Canyon Lake
Spring Branch
Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (24/7):
877-466-0660
 
 
Center for Health Care Services Bexar County San Antonio
Crisis Line (24/7)
800-316-9241
 
Bluebonnet Trails Guadalupe County Seguin
Crisis Line (24/7)
800-841-1255
 
Connections Individual & Family Services Comal County New Braunfels
Crisis Line (24/7)
800-532-8192
 
 
The Mental Advocacy Partners-New Braunfels website is designed to provide hope, as well as information on mental health in the greater New Braunfels area. 
 
 
The National Suicide Prevention Line is 800-273-8255 (800-273-HELP) is open 24 hours and has resources, chat lines and more valuable information.
 
 
We know parents are struggling to balance work, child care and self-care while keeping worries, both your children's and your own, under control. You don't have to do it alone! The Child Mind Institute has a comprehensive list of resources for supporting parents during this time.
 
Crisis Text Line: Text "HELLO" to 741741 or visit www.crisistextline.com
 
For more hotlines, please visit: https://teencentral.com/help/
 
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