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COVID-19 Mental Health Supports


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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.


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”


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.


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.

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