Free Back-to-School Resources to Support Mental and Emotional Health
Feel like you're struggling this back-to-school season? You're not alone!
While exciting, going back to school can also be stressful and overwhelming for many students and families. If you need support, there are lots of resources available to help you and those you care about.
Check out these free back-to-school resources for young people, families and friends, and teachers and schools. Curated by the California Health & Human Services Agency, these resources include videos, information, and links to services that can help you navigate stressful times and find the support you need it to support your well-being.
Additionally, the SUSD Benefits Department supports eligible employees with enrollment in benefits. For employees seeking Mental Health services for themselves for their dependents, please contact your specific insurance carrier directly. For a list of customer service contacts for district provided benefit carriers, please click here: https://www.stocktonusd.net/Page/13629
CalHOPE Connect offers safe, secure, and culturally sensitive emotional support for all Californians who may need support relating to COVID-19.
start chatting now: calhopeconnect.org
The goal of the BeWellLine is to assist individuals and communities recovering from the effects of COVID-19. To do this, we provide virtual emotional and crisis support sessions to individuals for up to six “visits” by phone, videoconference, smart device, or computer chat. These sessions will include individual, family, and/or group sessions. Again, this is FREE mental health counseling support to anyone impacted by COVID 19 as part of the CalHOPE.org initiative.
If you live in the state of California, then you’re eligible for help through BeWellLine. You’re entitled to up to six counseling sessions, which you can arrange to take place over the telephone, online chat, or web conferences. We strive to understand the preferences and needs of the people we aim to help, which is why we put these choices in your hands.
Pick the method of counseling you’re most comfortable with and reach out to us for the empathetic, emotional, and professional support you need. If you want to find out more about how we can help you, then you can explore the other pages on our website or get in touch with us directly.
Join Alliance for a Healthier Generation for a professional learning series on staff well-being, including stress management, holistic well-being, and positive work culture.
Social-emotional health matters as we continue to maneuver through challenging times. Practices in building resilience can improve overall job satisfaction and ensures we take care of our own health as we work with other adults and serve youth throughout California.
▪Each session will feature different strategies tohelp educators and school district staff prioritize theirown well-being. Learn ways to combat burnout,set healthy boundaries, practice gratitude, and usefeedback as an effective communication tool withcolleagues, students and families.
▪Online sessions can be accessed individually or by teams to learn strategies that areactionable and easy to integrate into daily routines, staff culture, and team meetings.
▪Attend all sessions live or register to receive the recordings.
Staff well-being webinar series is provided in support from California Department of Education and Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools.
Registration is required: bit.ly/StaffWellBeingCDE
Staff Well-Being Webinar Series:
Resilient Practices for Educators, Staff Members, Administrators and Teams
Registration is required for each webinar.
Thursday, October 21, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. PDT
Advance Staff Well-Being Through Awareness
Identify how to prevent and move out of the burnout cycle. We all juggle a lot—whether a paraprofessional, teacher, bus driver, cafeteria worker, or administrator. Join us to create a holistic, self-care map based on our limited time and personal needs.
Thursday, November 18, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST
Communicate Healthy Boundaries for Individual and Collective Well-Being
Prevent or move out of the cycle of burnout by setting healthy boundaries. Join us to understand components of setting an effective boundary, reflect on individual challenges and boundary styles, and identify how boundaries support living our values. We will leave ready to communicate our boundaries to adults and youth.
Thursday, December 9, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST
Grow Relationships with Effective Complaining and Gratitude
Strengthen relationships with colleagues, students, and families with effective complaining and gratitude practices. After a deep dive into how effective complaining benefits interpersonal relationships, we will identify how we prefer to receive and give gratitude.
Thursday, January 20, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST
Filling Your Cup: Positive Self-Care Strategies for Educators
Build a safeguard against burnout in the new year. We will practice effectively communicating our needs through mediation, boundary setting and gratitude practices. Self-care does not mean adding more to our schedule. It helps us thrive in and out of the work environment.
Thursday, February 17, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST
Build a Positive Work Culture by Leveraging Team Members’ Strengths
Apply strengths-based values to increase team effectiveness. We will reflect on our identities, values, and unique contributions to boost team dynamics. All school and district staff are welcome to join, including cafeteria workers, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, teachers, and administrators.
Thursday, March 17, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST
Model the Path to Self-Regulation for Students and Colleagues
Empower others and ourselves to manage stress, delay gratification, stay organized, and act with agency over their lives. Self-regulation is a critical skill for young people and adults to navigate every facet of life.
We will demonstrate self-regulation strategies in our Me Moments Toolkit, so we all can model self-regulation in our classroom and work environments.
Thursday, April 28, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. PST
Give and Receive Feedback for Impactful Relationships
Use a strengths-based approach for more impactful feedback. Receiving and giving feedback does not always feel good, but strong teams rely on the clarity, accountability and vulnerable dialogue that feedback provides. We will discuss several types of feedback, the ‘BOOST’ model, and common pitfalls that make feedback challenging.
Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple, teaching you life-changing mindfulness skills in just a few minutes a day. Browse the Headspace Library and pick from courses and single meditation sessions to suit your mood and lifestyle. Choose your session length, replay your favourites and learn how to apply mindfulness to your everyday activities. Headspace is offering a 12 month subscription FREE for educators focusing on mindfulness in the classroom. https://www.headspace.com/educators
STOP BREATHE THINK is a Mindfulness Website and App. FREE FOR TEACHERS: You will have access to over 400 premium activities, with new activities added each month on our MyLife All Ages and Kids apps. Ranging from guided mindfulness audio tracks, to videos on yoga and acupressure, and animated mindful games, you will have many options at your ﬁngertips.
Calm is the #1 app for meditation and sleep, which is designed to help lower stress, reduce anxiety, teach minfulness skills and more. Kaiser Permanente members can download and access all the great features of Calm at no cost by going to www.kp.org/selfcareapps