You can also download a printable version of the June 2021 / Summer Edition newsletter.
Social-Emotional Wellness June 2021 / Summer Edition (Accessible Version)
Created by: HEB ISD Crisis Intervention & Prevention Team
The newsletter's featured graphics show slices of watermelon.
The Crisis Intervention & Prevention Team addresses mental health concerns, prevents suicide and self-harm, and creates a positive school environment for all students. **Team available during school year hours only**
- Julia L. Harris, LSSP, NCSP (Team Lead)
- Heather Andrews, LCSW
- Irene Cedillo, LCSW (Spanish Speaking)
Common Diagnoses in Children & Adolexcents
Click links to learn more:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Adjustment Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Conduct Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Helpful Websites & Resources
- Tarrant Cares - Online information service for individuals, families, caregivers and agencies. This one resource will provide you with countless solutions for issues your family may be facing.
- Recognize & Rise - Awareness campaign designed to support those who have experienced the impact of trauma, toxic stress and adversity.
- Mental Health TX - Assess this website to find help for yourself or someone else from social services, hotlines and mental health assistance. Educational resources also available.
- Tarrant County Homeless Coalition - Tarrant County Homeless Coalition leads the community solution to homelessness in greater Tarrant and Parker counties by serving as a catalyst for community transformation.
Summer Conversations: Fostering Meaningful Connections
Fostering meaningful connections with our children is a great way to keep lines of communication open that allow us to educate on mental health, ask about their own mental health and stay updated on any red flags. Summer can be a great time to reconnect with children and adolescents after a busy school year but if we're not careful it can also lead us astray. Here are some ideas to keep in mind:
- Pick a series to watch together! And don't just watch but talk about it throughout the week
- Have them teach you something new (a dance, a videogame, a trick, a sport, etc.)
- Cook a meal together once a week! Let them pick the meal to inspire creativity & empowerment
- Take advantage of no homework afternoons & longer days to take a walk & talk (Keep it Fun!)
- Play! Whether it's dirt digging with your youngest or a game of basketball or video game with your oldest; playing with your children can be a stress free, no pressure approach to connect.
Remember, rules & tasks can change behavior but connection can change the heart to create sustained change.
Get Help Now:
- The Trevor Project - Saving Young LGBTQ Lives. Get Help 24/7:
- TrevorText - Text START to 678678
- TrevorChat - TrevorChat.org
- TrevorLifeline - 866.488.7386
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Text Line
- Text HELLO to 741741
- Free, 24/7 Confidential
Healthy Coping Skills
Cope: /kōp/ verb (of a person) to deal effectively with something difficult.
Dealing with something effectively is not always done in healthy ways. Unhealthy coping may create more mental health concerns. Below, you'll find a list of unhealthy practices that you or those you know can replace with healthy coping skills. It is important to practice these as much as possible in order to prep our brain & body on what to do when under stress.
Replace This: With This: Overthinking Watch a funny video Compare yourself Write a gratitude note Lash out with anger Take a walk "Shut down" by not talking Identify a song to relate to Self-injury/harm Do not isolate; Find a friend Overeating or Stress Eat Drink some cold ice water Drugs/Alcohol Exercise (bonus: w/ a friend) Isolate in a room Share feelings w/ emojis Nail biting/picking Fidget with safe item Impulsive text Write it & toss it out
Check out this YouTube resource for more ideas: A to Z of Coping Strategies OR Learn more about Types of Coping Skills
- Logos Counseling - 817-812-2880
- Alliance Child & Family Solutions - 817-851-2042
- Cinnamon Tree Counseling - 940-282-7373
- Kool Solutions - 817-545-3371
- Meyer Counseling Center - 817-554-1960
Extra Material & Info
- Crisis Team Webpage
- Previous SEL Newsletters
- SEL YouTube Videos
- Book: Brainstorm (The Power & Purpose of the Teenage Brain)
- Book: The Whole Brain Child (geared for younger children)
Emergency Mental Health Assessments
If your child is suicidal an evaluation to assess level of risk can be done at the following locations:
- Perimeter Behavioral Hospital (Ages 5-17)
7000 US Hwy 287
Arlington Tx 76001
- Cook Children’s Behavioral Health (Ages 3-17)
801 7th Ave
- Mesa Springs Hospital (Ages 12 and Up thru Adult)
5560 Mesa Springs Drive, Forth
Ft Worth Office: 817-841-8002
Northwest Office: 682-593-6001
- Texas Health Behavioral Health Center Arlington (Ages 13 Up, Thru Adult)
800 W Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76012
- JPS - Trinity Springs (Ages 13-17 & 18 Up)
1500 S. Main Street
Fort Worth, TX 76104
- Children’s Medical Center Dallas (Ages 3-17)
1935 Medical District Dr
Dallas, TX 75235
(214)456-8899 - Inpatient
(214)456-5900 - Outpatient
- Julia L. Harris, LSSP, NCSP (Team Lead)