Mental Health Resources
Posted on 03/27/2020
Chalkboard that says Mental Health ResourcesWith schools closed because of the Coronavirus, Roanoke City Public Schools realizes this may cause a lot of stress for you and your student(s).  The School Counseling and Equity Department is here to help!   Staff members have created a YouTube Channel

Our school counselors and social workers will be available to provide ongoing services to students and families.  You may reach your child's school counselor or school social worker by calling their school. 

If you feel your child may harm themselves or others, please call 911.  Other resources are Carilion Connect at (540) 981-8181 and the National Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433.

Laurie Seidel, Coordinator for the Mindfulness Program at Roanoke City Public Schools, has put together the following tips for self care:

Physical activity- Get off the couch and keep moving

Good nutrition- Make sure you eat healthy

Plenty of rest
-  It is okay to sleep more than usual

Limit media consumption-  If it is causing anxiety, then turn it off

Connect virtually- It is important to stay in touch with family and friends

Walk and sit in natural spaces- Fresh air will reduce your stress level

Smile and communicate kindness- This needs no explanation

Take care of your feelings- It is always okay to ask for help

Practice self compassion and compassion- Take care of yourself first before helping others

Check in with yourself regularly- Take a break during the day.  A quick ten minute walk outside may be all that you need.

Here are additional resources to assist children during the COVID-19 pandemic:

40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA24012 Phone 540-853-2502