Managing your mental health in tough times
The current state of affairs in our country can create an emotional imbalance in your mental health and well-being. We know some of you are coping by suppressing how you feel, while others are unable to focus on daily tasks.
Dallas ISD's Psychological and Social Services team stands ready to serve you. Students, staff, or families affected by recent events can receive additional support and reosurces by contacting the team directly at 972.925.8050.
Here are some helpful tips for adults on how to manage their mental health:
- Be patient and flexible with yourself as a caregiver. It's okay to deviate from your schedule, let some things go, and not always have all of the answers to questions.
- Utilize this time to connect with your family and create positive memories.
- Remember to engage in healthy habits (drink plenty of fluids, take time to reflect, exerise, listen to music, create art projects, treat yourself).
- Reach out to friends and family for extra support.
- Seek professional help for yourself if needed.
- National Association of School Psychologists: Countering COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Stigma and Racism
Did you know Dallas ISD offers an Employee Assistance Program for employees?
Regardless of participation in district-offered health insurance, all Dallas ISD employees who are experiencing anxiety or concern related to current events have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP provides up to six counseling sessions at no cost to employees and their families and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The services are private and confidential. The EAP, offered through Magellan, can be accessed by calling (800) 479-9639 or visiting www.MagellanHealth.com/member