Counseling CornerWith our world continuing to change, students may experience anxiety and/or feelings of depression. It is important to take care of yourself both physically as well as emotionally. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration), there are a few steps you can take to care for yourself.1. Take Care of Your Body: Having a good healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol and other drugs.2. Connect: Connecting withh friends and family members provides you with a good support system.It's important to share your feelings and try to maintain relationships, even if you don't get to be with them physially.3. Take Breaks: Make time for yourself by doing things you enjoy, or try something new.4. Stay Informed: Keep up-to-date on news and local information.5. Avoid Excess Media: Try not to obsessively watch the news, it can be stressful and unhelpful.6. Ask for help: Reach out and talk to family members, friends, teachers, and school counselors. You are not alone. A lot of people are feeling anxious and scared.
www.thebridgenj.orgwww.cdc.govCrisis Mobile Response: a 24-hour crisis response unit that will respond to in-home crisis situations involving NJ youth1-877-652-7624**In cases where a child appears to be an imminent threat to him/herself or others, PLEASE CALL THE POLICE at 911https://www.nj.gov/dcf/families/csc/mobile/National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: An adult or youth who is feeling overwhelmed, distraught, or suicidal will be connected to an immediate counselor for support and referral.1-800-273-TALKhttp://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Margarita Gallina, LCSW
School Social Worker