High School Distance Counseling Resources

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As counselors, we’re here for you! We will remain available during regular school hours to students, parents, and faculty via email and phone to address mental health needs as they arise and ongoing concerns related to emotional well-being. Given the remote nature of these communications, counselors will only be able to intervene in non-crisis issues and will be unable to assess for risk or safety. Students and parents needing additional support will be referred to community services for further assessment and resources.

If you are in crisis, please call 911 and/or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8355), and/or proceed to your nearest hospital or emergency room as appropriate.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns and we will respond within 24 hours.

 Amy Killy
 akilly@gds.org
   

 

 Gaby Grebski
 ggrebski@gds.org

   
Here are some basic recommendations for extended school closure:
  1. Reduce/limit exposure to news and media, sticking to reliable sources.
    1. Literally, STEP AWAY from screens, iPads, phones, computers, the TV, etc.
    2. Stay informed but round the clock exposure will only raise anxiety levels in ways that are not helpful or productive. UNPLUG
  2. Take time to get outside for FRESH AIR and be in nature when possible (keeping CDC guidelines and recommendations in mind, of course!).
  3. To the extent possible, maintain some kind of ROUTINES for yourself.
  4. Practice SELF-CARE including exercise, sleep, good nutrition, and mindfulness
  5. The digital age also allows us to STAY CONNECTED.
    1. Being mindful of the amount of time spent on technology, use some of that time to stay connected with friends and members of our community.
       

Audible.com free books for children while schools are closed
Top 5 Mindfulness Apps
 

Remember the importance of routine. Try to eat 3 healthy, well-balanced meals. How about trying out a new recipe?!
 

Planet Fitness is offering free in home workouts. Solidcore, too!
Yoga is a good option, as well...

Get outside and get into nature. Walk, hike, run, go for a bike ride. Do this daily!
 

  • This is the time to catch up on sleep... Here's why!
  • Try to maintain regular school week sleep/wake cycles as much as possible
     
  • Be creative. (art projects, photography, journaling, etc)
  • Coloring can be relaxing :)
  • Read a book!
  • Suggestion from Maria Watson: Try taking a ballet class online (also good exercise!)
  • Try out Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams
  • Puzzles can be a fun activity that you can continue to come back to over many days…and a nice way to connect with your parents and siblings
     
  • Take time to re-organize your room
  • Clean out your closets for things to donate
  • Gotta love Tidying Up with Marie Kondo!
  • Maybe there are projects around the house you can help your parents with
     
  • Being mindful of the amount of time spent on technology, use some of that time to stay connected with friends and members of our community.
  • Set up a regular lunch time video chat with friends.
  • Use Zoom or Google Chat and eat lunch together! Watch a movie together with friends online
  • If you play an instrument, have a virtual jam session
  • Have family meals together
  • Have a family game night, play In It to Win It games or play board games online with friends
  • Think about doing a workout plan (like some of those listed above) with friends….Nothing like an accountability partner! Lots of online options on youtube.
  • Check out what some celebrities are doing to stay connected and raise spirits with initiatives like #SaveWithStories
     
  • Gratitude allows us to appreciate what we have now rather than what we don't have or think we need.
  • It also creates positive emotions like happiness and contentment which have proven to suppress negative emotions such as fear and anxiety.
  • Make a list every day of at least 3 things you’re grateful for
    • It might be fun to keep it in a journal to look back over time.
  • Write a letter to people in your life for whom you are grateful and send it to them… how much fun would it be to receive an unexpected letter in the mail!
     

A Different Way to Think About COVID-19

If you have other resources, tips, ideas, or suggestions (or topics you’d like us to cover), please email Amy and Gaby, we’d love to include it!

For more resources, please visit the GDS Distance Learning More Resources page. You can also stay up to date with our Coronavirus Information Page.