Disasters have a way of making everyone feel tense and it is often hard to calm oneself. Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster is a free book that may be helpful in lowering your stress and the stress experienced by your children and other family members. Disastershock contains 24 different practical stress-reduction exercises for parents, adults, and children. It differs from many other disaster coping materials in that the exercises are described in a clear, step by step fashion that makes implementing them easy. The majority of the exercises are based on extensive research demonstrating their effectiveness in reducing strong stress.
This was the first of our special LunchTime LiveChats During the COVID-19 Crisis, with SMHAPP student and SSW Liaison for Clark County (NV) Tonya Hernandez stepping in as my co-host. We discussed her recent webinar on SSWNetwork, “Providing School Mental Health Supports Online: Loyola SMHAPP Students Taking The Lead,” which as of this writing has been viewed on our SSWN YouTube channel over 4,300 times. We will be having our LunchTime LiveChats over on our SSWNetwork from 11-Noon Monday, Wed., & Friday until the crisis is over. Hope to see you on a future chat!
A big thanks to all the fantastic school clinicians who joined me today for this LiveChat–we’ll be back at the same time next Saturday 3/28, and we’ll have plenty of information, resources, and community activities to share with you between now and then as well, here at SSWNetwork and in partnership with SSWAA.
In response to the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation and questions from our SSWNetwork members, we are sharing some resources here, first two FAQ documents from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the second, a transcript of our 3/14 LiveChat where we discussed our responses to the COVID-19 crisis in our states and school districts, and shared strategies for how to turn the school shut-downs happening in our districts into an opportunity to promote wellness and SEL for our students, staff colleagues, and ourselves.
We wrote a biography of the group and zine — Students Strike Back is a student-led group created during the Chicago Teachers Union one day strike in 2016. Students are neighborhood high school students in Chicago Public Schools from the southwest side. Students are determined to have their voice in education issues. “No decisions about us without us”. As students who must endure the conditions of Chicago Public Schools, the group is determined to fight for education equity. For far too long, students have endured budget cuts after budget cuts. It is time for education to be taken seriously.
Fortunately, as educators and as mandated reporters, we have tremendous power to speak up to help interrupt the dynamic of climate neglect which threatens our students. Since we stand, in our official capacity, at the interface between the generations, we understand in granular detail all of the ways that climate neglect has negatively impacted young people and schools—the most important public institution nurturing young people.