Tips for Educators: Supporting student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic
Hopefully, you all used March Break to pause, refresh, and take care of yourself and your family. Practicing self-care is critically important so that you are ready for whatever comes next during these uncertain times. This is also true in the coming weeks and months as we all do our best to support one another through the COVID-19 pandemic. School Mental Health Ontario has prepared a tip sheet on personal resiliency to remind you of some little things you can do each day to take care of your own well-being so that you can be your best for your students.
Tip Sheet: Personal Resiliency Tips for Helpers Who Support Students This tip sheet provides ideas for taking care of your own mental health and resiliency.
You can learn more about various student mental health topics and how to create and sustain a mentally healthy classroom on the School Mental Health Ontario website.
They offer a detailed tutorial on anxiety in the classroom. This tutorial may be helpful because it’s normal and expected that students and others may experience more anxious feelings during this time.
Check back to the School Mental Health Ontario often. They are producing several resources to support your knowledge and confidence in this area.