COVID-19 Mental Health Supports
5/12/21: DHS has launched a new webpage for parents and guardians featuring information about COVID-19 and mental health resources.
Refer to DPI’s Student Services/Prevention and Wellness (SSPW) Team COVID-19 Information for Student Services, which includes a resource entitled “Social and Emotional Learning in Virtual, In Person, and Physically Distanced Learning Environments”, online training resources, and information related to school counseling, school psychology, school social work and school health services.
- Self-Care During COVID-19 for Student Support Professionals – Student support professionals are not only tasked with supporting and guiding others through the COVID-19 pandemic but they are also contending with their own uncertainties, stress, etc. This resource is intended for student support professionals.
- DPI’s School Mental Health Resources
American School Counselor Association/National Association of School Psychologists resource entitled “School Reentry Considerations: Supporting Student Social and Emotional Learning and Mental and Behavioral Health Amidst COVID-19”
- NASP also has a Preparing for Infectious Disease Epidemics: Brief Tips for School Mental Health Professional resource.
Mental Health America’s (MHA) 12/2/20 Webinar entitled “Connecting Teachers and Families: Mental Health and Social and Emotional Supports in the Remote/Hybrid Classroom.”
Refer to the Department of Health Services’ Resilient Wisconsin website for practical tools and sources of support that can help everyone strengthen their resilience during times of stress so that they can take care of themselves and those around them during COVID-19 and beyond.
Supporting teachers and other school staff during COVID-19 is important. For assistance in doing that, refer to the following Center for Health and Health Care in Schools resources – Addressing the Mental Health and Well-Being of Educators Through Self and Collective Care – Tips for School Leaders and Teacher Burnout & COVID-19: Supporting School Staff.
Resources of the Well Badger Resource Center – This resource center is a Wisconsin-based health information and referral service that is operated through a partnership with the Department of Health Services and helps to connect Wisconsin families and individuals with resources and services like WIC, BadgerCare Plus, and FoodShare. It also provides services and resources for children with special health care needs and children’s mental health.
Mental Health Resource List from Nursing License Map.
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Coronavirus Resources, which include social and emotional learning resources for educators, parents and caregivers. CASEL is offering a free, weekly webinar series that is intended to help everyone – children, teachers, parents and other adults alike – attend to the social and emotional needs that arise during this challenging time dealing with the pandemic and the changes it is making in their lives. The webinars are being recorded and are available to access via CASEL’s website.
- CASEL resource guide entitled Reunite, Renew, and Thrive: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Roadmap for Reopening School —This guide is intended to support the reopening of schools with a particular focus on equity and SEL. The recommendations are divided into the following four major sections, each with its own action steps and user-friendly tools for school leaders: (1) take time to cultivate and deepen relationships, build partnerships, and plan for SEL; (2) design opportunities where adults can connect, heal, and build their capacity to support students; (3) create safe, supportive and equitable learning environments that promote all students’ social and emotional development; and, (4) use data as an opportunity to share power, deepen relationships, and continuously improve support for students, families and staff.
- CASEL Cares Webinar: Starting an Unprecedented School Year with SEL to Reunite, Renew, and Thrive (July 31 webinar – This webinar helps school staff utilize the SEL Roadmap for Reopening Schools resource tool referenced above. Panelists’ Recommended Resources List)
- CASEL Cares Webinar: Permission to Feel for Adults (9/25/20 webinar – This webinar provides helpful strategies to support your own well-being, healthy decision making, relationship quality, and performance during these challenging times.)
Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting – During the COVID-19 pandemic, children are having fewer interactions with school employees and other professionals trained to observe and mandated to report suspected child abuse. Because of this, the Department of Children and Families believes it is critical now, more than ever, for everyone to be aware of the signs of child abuse and neglect and to know how to report those signs to local welfare agencies. School employees are also reminded of their child abuse and neglect reporting obligations under state law even during this public health emergency. School employees are required to make a report if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child seen in the course of professional duties has been abused or neglected, or if they have reason to believe that a child seen in the course of professional duties has been threatened with abuse or neglect and that abuse or neglect of the child will occur. The intentional failure to report as required may result in a fine, imprisonment or both.