Summer Resources for Mental Health

Summer break has arrived and this one will be unlike any other. Typically summer is a chance to socialize with friends, take on a part-time job for extra money, participate in sports and clubs, and travel. However, this year social distancing measures are still in place, and we are encouraged to stay safe at home as much as we can. This means many summer sports, camps, and other activities have been put on hold or cancelled.

Children, adolescents, and adults do better with routine, predictability, and activities to manage downtime. We all function better with connection to family and friends, built-in breaks and relaxation, and a pause from reading or watching the news about COVID-19. This time of social distancing during summer break can be stressful for some, especially those who are prone to mental health and behavioral challenges.

We congratulate and are proud of our graduates and their accomplishments, while also realizing that the end of this year did not turn out how any of us planned. During this unique time, our students have missed out on many rites of passage that typically define a school year: prom, closing celebrations, graduation, continuation ceremonies, and time with friends, to name a few. We have awareness that isolation, loss, and the other added stressors at this time may exacerbate issues for our students.

Below is a list of resources, should you have a concern that your child or another child may be experiencing behavioral changes, mood swings, depression, or suicidal thoughts.
Douglas County has an anonymous reporting system available at all times. Anyone with a concern for someone’s well-being or safety can use Safe 2 Tell (1-877-542-7233) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To lessen the risk of exposure for people experiencing behavioral and mental health concerns and reduce unnecessary emergency room visits, all are encouraged to call and access community centers. This will allow the Emergency Rooms to focus on the physical health needs of others during this time. Below is a list of community centers in our metro area.
Many are interested in summer mental health resources available in the community. The following resources are available at this time.
As always, your partnership in keeping our children safe is very appreciated. DCSD will continue to provide families with regular updates about how we are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and plans for next school year. Additionally, please visit our website at www.dcsdk12.org/coronavirus.org to stay informed. We hope you and your family have a good summer!

Nancy Ingalls
Personalized Learning Officer
Douglas County School District
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