Mental Health & Wellness Support and Resources
You are important and so are your thoughts and feelings. You are living during a time when everything suddenly changed and continues to change rapidly. While there has been more normalcy recently, daily life is completely different. You're reflecting on a time where people were made to stay at home. Schools were closed and have now reopened. Sports, travel, and events were paused for over a year and are now beginning to come back. You have thoughts and feelings about all of this.
A few times a day it is important to stop and reflect. Ask yourself, "How am I feeling right now?" Are you feeling happy, confused, sad, joyful, angry, distrustful, surprised, etc.? You might be feeling many things at once or you might be feeling differently at different times: happy in the morning, frustrated in the afternoon, and exhausted in the evening. This is normal.
Monitor your feelings over days. You may want to keep a journal and write entries about your thoughts and feelings on different topics or just keep a list of your feelings when you stop and reflect. If you notice a pattern of anger, frustration, sadness, and overall negativity you need to talk to somebody about your feelings. Friends and family are a great source of comfort and can make you feel better. If that works and you aren't feeling sad, frustrated, or angry anymore - great keep doing that. However, if those feelings keep coming up and you are having to go to friends and family to help you feel more positive, you need to speak with an adult and most likely a professional.
Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)
Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Child Mind Institute)
Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Counseling Association)Trauma and Disaster Mental Health (American Counseling Association)
- Arcadia High School
- Arcadia High School Wellness Center
- Dana Middle School
- First Ave Middle School
- Foothills Middle School
- Baldwin Stocker Elementary School
- Camino Grove Elementary School
- Highland Oaks Elementary School
- Holly Ave Elementary School
- Hugo Reid Elementary School
- Longley Way Elementary School
- Rancho Learning Center