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Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional skills help build students' mental health and resilience so they can understand and manage emotions.  Listed below are current-day articles to help parents and caregivers navigate difficult discussions.


Managing anxiety during reopening

Helping kids face the challenges of reopening

Countering COVID-19 Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers (National Association of School Psychologists)

Racism and Violence: Using Your Power as a Parent to Support Children Aged Two to Five (Zero to Three)

How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism (Parent Toolkit)

Talking to Kids About George Floyd (Childmind Institute)

Concern over this new virus can create anxiety
It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise.

Talking to your children about school closures
When accurate information isn’t available, children often think of the worst-case scenario. Let them know that schools are closed to slow the spread, not necessarily because there are cases in their school.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.

PBS KIDS: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
“Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable." When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.

Showing up for our kids during the outbreak
Your child may have questions you can’t answer. You may yourself feel stressed or scared. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Remember that you do have the skills to comfort the kids in your life, the same way you help them feel safe and secure every day.

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
Kids, this comic is for you. It's based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus.

Thirteen science questions about COVID-19 from teens
Popular Science answers a few questions from students at Vineland High School in New Jersey. 

Mental Health Resources

Bridges – Center for Grieving Children:
  Offering services to help families navigate illness and grief. 
  Call: (253) 403-1966 for more information. 
  Address: Childrens Therapy Unit 402 15th Ave. SE Puyallup, WA 98372.

 • Catholic Community Services:
  Can provide Family Behavioral Health Services, Long Term Care Services,       Housing Services, and much more.
  Call (253) 383-3697, or visit:

 • Comprehensive Life Resources:
Providing behavioral health services to Pierce County including mental
   health treatment, substance use services, free counseling, homeless
   outreach services. Call (253) 396-5800.  Address: 1305 Tacoma Avenue S.
   Tacoma, WA 98402.

 • Multi Care Behavioral Health:
The only provider in the area that offers a walk-in assessment clinic for
   adults and children receiving Medicaid benefits. The specialists at the walk
   in clinic offer in-person mental health assessments on a first come, first
   served basis. The walk-in clinic is open Mon-Fri, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
   Address: 325 E Pioneer Puyallup, WA 98372

 • Greater Lakes Mental Health:
Provides services for adults and children. Same day appointments for
   Medicaid clients.
   Call (253) 581-7020, or visit:

 • Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus (National
   Child Traumatic Stress Network):
Fact Sheet:

 • Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 (from CDC):

 • Pierce County Crisis Line (24 Hours):
   The Pierce County Crisis Line is a free service available 24 hours a day,
   seven days a week that provides immediate help to individuals, families and
   friends of people in crisis throughout Pierce County. Call 
800) 576-7764 or

 • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
   The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis
   centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in
   suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're
   committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by
   empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building
(800) 273-TALK (8255) or visit:

 • Trevor Suicide Prevention:
   Founded in 1998 by the  The Trevor Project is the leading national
   organization providing crisis intervention and suicide
   prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer &
   questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
(866) 488-7386 or visit:

Michele Bledsoe
Assistant Director of Social Emotional Wellness

302 2nd St. SE
Puyallup, WA 98372