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Social & Emotional Health

Upon starting school, it is crucial to prioritize addressing social/emotional and mental health needs in order to help students be ready for learning.  Social-emotional learning (SEL) is “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”  


The last few months have been extremely stressful for both employees and students. Stress of this nature will invariably increase levels of fear and anxiety. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Members of our Student Support Services team, including counselors, social workers, psychologists, and nurses, will provide mental and emotional well-being resources for students and families. Additionally, mental health resources have been organized and placed on the district’s website.

 

Triage is critical in order to identify individuals needing additional support beyond classroom level/core. This process becomes more urgent when students are at home during a Remote Learning situation and may be living with others or in environments that are conducive for trauma experiences. The following are factors to consider for those who may be at higher risk for increased traumatic responses and who may need additional supports during a Remote Learning situation:

  • Individuals already known to be at risk or vulnerable to increased stress responses
    • Trauma history - abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence,
    • Mental health challenges - anxiety/depression
    • History of suicidal ideation
  • Individuals living in poverty
  • Individuals with health/medical conditions who are vulnerable to COVID-19
  • Individuals with loved ones who are vulnerable due to age/health conditions etc.
  • Children with learning or attentional disorders
  • Those who have lost a family member or loved one
  •  Individuals with an absence of support systems
  • Individuals who have experienced discrimination related to COVID-19
  • Individuals within communities that have been impacted by racism and racial injustice
  • Those whose families have lost jobs or income
  • Those with loved ones/caregivers work in the healthcare system/first responders

 

Employee Coping and Resilience Strategies:

  • EAP Support offered to all employees through Human Resources Department
    • Contact Philencia Hamilton - Philencia.Hamilton@unchealth.unc.edu or 252-962-5493, located at Nash UNC Health Care (hospital)
    • Stress management tips 
    • Resiliency
    • Mindset
    • Living in uncertain times