Grief and Loss can cover a number or traumatic events including; significan illness, death, deployment, deportation, incarceration, separation/divorce, tramua/grief, community cirsis. The pandemic era's unfathomable number of dealths, pervasive sense of fear, economic instability, and forced pysical distancing from loved ones, and communities have exacerbated the unprecedented stresses young people already faced. As of June 2021, more than 140,000 children in the US had lost a parent or grandparent caregiver to COVID-19.
The American Psychological Association offers tips on how to talk with your child about difficult topics.
This is a hyperlinked listing of resources that you can use to support students in distress.
Listing of Online Grief Resources- hyperlinked document
New York State Office of Mental Health Crisis Counselors - Call 1-800-273- TALK or text GOT5 to 741741.
• Are you struggling in the midst of COVID-19? Crisis counselors are still just a phone call or text away.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)/ 1-800-487-4889 (TDD)
• Free and confidential information in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing substance abuse and mental health issues. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Utilize the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator.