In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and Mental Health Awareness Month, this week's resources focus on support for educators and mental health maintenance. As we celebrate #MentalHealthMonth, we do so during unprecedented and stressful times. Now more than ever it's important to make mental health a top priority.
COVID-19 FAMILY RESOURCES 05.05.2020
COMMUNITY RESOURCE LISTS
The NJ State Police Office of Drug Monitoring and Analysis has developed a comprehensive Covid-19 resource guide. It includes everything from Recovery Support, Mental Health, Crisis Hotlines, State Resources, National Resources, Food Banks, Emergency Housing, Senior Services, College Resources, Job Searches, Business/Employee Resources, Home Expenses Information, In-Home Education, Entertainment, and Volunteering/Donation Opportunities. Click here to download.
Project Ready is committed to providing various resources and information for families and community members during this time. Project Ready has pooled information and resources from several government, education, and community organizations and will update the document on an ongoing basis. Click here to access.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
Newark Public Library is now offering free counseling by the library’s professional social worker, by phone or text! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to make an appointment! Please include your phone number in your e-mail.
Mental Health America offers online screening tools meant to provide a quick snapshot of your mental health. Following screening, you will be provided with information, resources and tools to help you understand and improve your mental health. A mental health provider (such as a doctor or a therapist) can give you a full assessment and talk to you about options for how to feel better. If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, or text "MHA" to 741-741 to talk to a trained counselor from the Crisis Text Line.
For live help on COVID-19, please call 1-800-222-1222 to speak with healthcare professionals. You can also text your zip code to 898-211 or text NJCOVID to 898-211. *211 is a subsidiary of the United Ways of New Jersey.
Zerotothree.org offers tips for families including age-appropriate responses to common questions, a guide to self-care, and activities for young children experiencing social distancing. Click here to learn more.
Keep your teacher ID on you at all times this week and flash it if you go shopping to any of these places. Teacher Appreciation is in the air and everyone is showing their gratitude with some freebies and/or awesome discounts for educators! Get discounts on books, food, technology and more. Click here to learn more.
In response, we put together this toolkit with 5 Virtual Learning Resources. As a district leader, share these low-lift activities and strategies with educators in your district to help them better connect with students and families while school buildings are closed. The toolkit includes: 8 Strategies for Building Belonging with Students and Families Virtually; Virtual Morning Announcements; Virtual Class Journal; Notes of Gratitude & Appreciation; and Virtual "Temperature Checks". Click here to learn more.
Newest Americans presents free curricular modules focused on the Great Migration that may be useful as distanced learning curriculum for teachers. Click here to download curricular modules. Click here to learn more about Newest Americans.
Wonder Workshop has created two comprehensive toolkits - one for educators and one for parents, chock full of lessons, activities, videos, games, professional development, and more!
The most pressing issues of our time have histories, and these histories often intersect with the world of sports. Give your students the unique experience of seeing how sports culture has reflected, shaped and even altered the course of American life, sometimes leading the way. The Yogi Berra Museum invites you to explore lesson plans that focus on gender, immigration, race and financial literacy for middle school and high school classrooms. Click here to learn more.