Parents and grandparents are worried about the risks for their children, and this article is focusing on supporting your mental health during school return. It is only natural families would be concerned about the risks for school kids, but who really is the higher risk the children or the other members of the family?
If this resource is brand new to you you are not alone, I had never heard of this as well before writing this article to help you. So this is a resource I am going to be sharing with you, and let us find out more about Dial 211 and if it is a good choice for supporting your mental health during school return? I didn’t realize that the majority of municipal areas have this service available, so what can we find out about dialing 211?
- Community Food Banks
- Rent Assistance
- Utility Assistance
So simply by dialing 211 or visiting their website, you can receive access to the basic programs available in your community. As I see it these are the basic needs of many people at this time, and so far this seems to be a good place for families to start for help during the COVID pandemic.
- Health Insurance Programs
- Children Health Programs
- Medical Information
- Crisis Services
- Support Groups
- Drug Addiction
- Alcohol Addiction
The information above is the Dial 211’s physical and mental health resources, I would have to admit so far this sounds to be well worth your time especially for supporting your mental health during school return.
Next, we are going to find out how they are able to assist families with work support, and this is a very important problem many people are in need of with the COVID keeping many of you from being able to earn a living.
- Financial Assistance
- Employment Training
- Education Programs
If you happen to not speak English that is not a problem, they provide you with language interpretation services as well. So no matter what language you might speak, you can still receive the information you need by simply dialing 211 or going on their website. Seniors and people with disabilities will find this valuable as well, so let us see what they can provide for you?
- Adult Daycare Programs
- Community Meals
- Home Health Care
- Homemaker Services
I am sure you are impressed with all the resources you have access to from just one place, but there is even more information that I have for those of you in need of children, youth, and family support
- Child Care
- After School Programs
- Education Programs for Low-Income Families
- Family Resource Centers in your Community
- Summer Camps
- Recreation Programs
- Protective Services
For anyone who becomes suicidal, this is a good place to contact as well. You will be referred to organizations that can help you in your time of desperation and need, and you also can always contact the National Prevention Suicidal Hotline by calling the phone numbers below.
- 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- 1-888-SUICIDE (1-888-784-2433)
- 1-877-SUICIDE (1-877-784-2432) (Spanish)
I would say this is a very good phone number or website to seek out whatever resources you are in need of, so if you are feeling stressed out from worrying about your children or your grandchildren in school this is a great resource.
How COVID Is Affecting Students
I know for a fact my niece who was in 10th grade last year was passed to 11th grade this year, but what concerns me is she actually missed out on an entire year of school due to this pandemic we are living in right now. So how is this affecting our children’s education might be something some of you are curious about as well, and here is what the article from Brookings Education has to say.
- Students could possibly be behind if their parents didn’t take their education in hand at home, and the majority of the children are expected to be behind in Mathematics. So it is advised that schools need to do academic testing to evaluate where each student is in their education levels, but I am sure many schools like in my rural area will only do this if it is mandatory by law.
- This article also suggests that individualized learning programs might be a good idea, and the reason for this is they are predicting all the students in the same grade level will not be at the same academic level after missing so much school.
- Catching up students is going to be a real challenge for educators, and in my state of Pennsylvania, many of the schools opened and now are shut down again due to the increase of the COVID virus spreading once again.
I have only provided you the main points of this article, but if you are interested in reading the entire article you can click on the link below.
The Symptoms To Watch Out For
Some of your children might experience some of the symptoms when going back to school, and for parents and grandparents to be aware of the warning signs will tell us we need to get them help. so this article is not only about supporting your mental health during school return, but I am also concerned about your children’s health as well.
- Alcohol Abuse
- Drug Abuse
- Hearing Voices
- Seeing Things That Are Not There
- Lack of Concentration
- Struggle to Stay Focused
- Talking About Death
- Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings
- Harming Pets
- Being Abusive to Siblings
- Destructive Behavior
- Sleep Routine Changes
- Appetite Changes
- Loss of Interests and Activities
- Poor Academic Performance in School
This is a very large list that every child is not going to experience, so to help parents and grandparents I have listed the most serious warning signs that tell you the child is in need of help.
- Nightmares and sleep routine changes are serious signs something is not right, and this can be sleeping way too much or even not being able to sleep enough.
- If you start to notice your child seems to be excessively anxious this is another warning for parents and grandparents, and the sooner you get them treatment the better.
- Alcohol and drug abuse is a sure sign your child is having emotional problems, and this really needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
- Hearing voices and seeing things can be scary, and they often will not tell their family thinking they might be going crazy.
- If you notice they are struggling to concentrate and stay focused on their studies or even things they used to enjoy doing it is time to get them to a professional.
- Anyone of any age who starts to talk about death is possibly going to become suicidal if they don’t get treatment. so this I would say is really the most serious symptom you want to take seriously and seek treatment immediately.
In my own opinion, these are the most severe warning signs for parents and grandparents to watch out for. But if your child is experiencing more than a few of the symptoms on the main list in this article I also would advise you to seek professional guidance.
What Parents Are Saying
How many of you are curious about what the parents and grandparents are saying about how the COVID is affecting their children and grandchildren, I for one am very interested in this topic and I feel it is my duty to share this information with you. Here is a U.S. assessment provided by News Gall Up, so here is what their poll has shown.
How long can you follow social distancing practices and business/school closures before your child’s emotional or mental health suffers?
How much of a challenge [has been separated from classmates and teachers] been in terms of remote/distance learning for your [oldest/youngest] child?
45% of the parents with children already experiencing emotional problems share that being separated from their classmates has been a major challenge for their child.
I have only provided you the statistics from parents with children that are already being affected, and you can read all the statistics by visiting their website.
COVID In Pennsylvania
The part of Pennsylvania I live in has been very lucky when it comes to this virus, and even though the schools have been closed the children in my neighborhood seem to be doing just fine. The majority of the kids are playing outdoors most days, and even though I don’t agree with their parents the children seem to be happy and doing very well. The virus is becoming more severe where I live as well, but still, the children are out playing like there is nothing wrong. What bothers me, even more, is every time I go to the store for groceries there are people not wearing masks. Even if they don’t feel the masks do any good, I feel they still should wear them to protect the rest of us who are wearing masks as a safety precaution. As everyone knows wearing masks is a very serious issue right now in our country, but I don’t see what harm it does to wear a mask when you go out in public? We just don’t know enough about this to know if they do or don’t make any difference, but I would think parents and grandparents would at least be wearing masks on their children?
Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.
Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.—Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Natural Alternatives For Mild Depression
I am one of those people who have had a very negative experience with prescription medications, so I prefer to give natural alternatives a try before giving in to medication. I have been able to manage my mild depression naturally, but some of us might need more than this type of treatment, So what I recommend is you consult with your physician, and just ask him or her what they recommend.
I use St John Wort as needed for when I feel I need something for depression, but I don’t take this every day. You will want to avoid Chamomile if you have an allergy to ragweed, I tried this once, and I had an asthma attack so be very careful taking it. I got this list from the website Ayurvedic Cure, and these were not their entire list so you can visit their website to read their article and get the entire list that they recommend.
Supporting Your Mental Health During School Return
This article is to help your entire family, and as parents and grandparents, you are a high-risk as well as your children when they start back to school again. You should never take any of the natural herbs I share in my articles without consulting your physician, and the reason for this is some of them might interfere if you are on any prescription medications. I do hope if you are in need of any good resource you check out Dial 211, as you have read in my article it does provide families a lot of valuable information.