Lower/Middle School Distance Counseling Resources

All counselors 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 proceed to your nearest hospital as appropriate.

Please feel free to reach out to the counselors with any questions or concerns and they will respond within 24 hours.


Meryl Heyliger
Lower School Counselor 
heyliger@gds.org
202-295-6158    

 


Gabrielle Holder
Middle School Counselor
gholder@gds.org
202-295-6192

 

 

(Free resources during the global crisis)
Calm
Insight Timer
Headspace
Mindful Schools (live online classes)
 

Audible.com free books for children while schools are closed
Aloe Bud
Reflectly (for bite size journaling)
Plant Nanny (reminds you to drink water)
 

Planet Fitness is offering free in home workouts. Solidcore, too!  
Yoga (Mighty) Grasshopper Pose
Yoga for Teens - 20 minutes
Yoga for the Classroom
Yoga for Concentration
 

Curated by GDS staff
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems at 1:00pm
Cincinnati Zoo’s Virtual Safari at 3:00pm
Virtual MUSEUM tours
#SongsOfComfort with Yo-Yo Ma


For child-directed activity ideas, visit our page Great Ideas for Keeping Busy with Children.
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