BE WELL Educators

Being an educator can be very taxing even in the best of conditions.  We are people who charge in looking to help, but the current pandemic has thrown everything out of whack.  Our students are on a screen, our co-workers are no longer down the hall, and many of our healthy coping mechanisms may no longer work.  This is a time when we need to make sure to "put our oxygen masks on first" before helping others.  This means staying connected socially, trying out new coping skills, and reaching out for help.

 

COVID-19 & Educators

         As educators we may be experiencing stress, anxiety, or grief during this pandemic.  We have been torn from our schools.  We may feel a sense of helplessness as we watch our students and families struggle with the challenges of their situation.  We may struggle with new remote learning technology or feel like our students are falling behind. 

          We likely feel a sense of loss as we see the school year progresses from home.  Additionally, we are seeing the news with all of the suffering that COVID-19 is bringing to the world, worrying about our own health, and caring for families.

          It's a lot.  But the good news is that there are things we can all do to help us meet these challenges.  On this site, you will find resources specific to educator wellness in the time of COVID-19.

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Stress and Coping

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Collective Grief and Loss

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Work-Life Balance

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Managing Lonliness

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Coronavirus Crisis Counseling

Emotional Regulation

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Finding Screen-Time Balance

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Getting Sick As A Single Parent

 

Mental Health

Self-Assessment

          It's likely that we are all feeling the stress of the pandemic and remote learning.  But, being able to put a finger on exactly what you are experiencing can be helpful.  Mental Health America provides a variety of self-assessments that can help pin-point what you are experiencing.  The results are meant to help guide you to better self-care and are not a diagnostic tool.  

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

It can be hard to take the time for ourselves, but taking care of ourselves ensures that we can be there for our own families, our students, and their families.  Below are a just a few apps or websites that you can use for self-care.  Each is evidence-based and free.  

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Mindfulness & Meditation

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Self-Care, Peer Support, Coaching, and Therapy

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YouTube Yoga

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Activities & Games to Overcome Worries, Stress & Life's Challenges.

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Free RedCross Course on Mental Health First Aid

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COVID Coach Self-Care App

 

Get Support Now

Use the following supports to find someone to talk to.  From finding a long-term therapist to a quick check-in these resources can ensure that we have the help we need.

Find a Therapist

A site for finding therapists based on location and type of insurance.  Visit the link below to see therapists in Baltimore.

Baltimore City Health Department 

Live chat and information about COVID-19.  Visit the site below for local information and chat.

Baltimore City Public Schools EAP

Beacon Health provides Baltimore City Public Schools employees with confidential support for work and life.

Call: (866) 529-8063

Sheppard Pratt Virtual Walk-in

Sheppard Pratt has taken their crisis walk-in into the virtual world. 

Call: 410-938-5302

Maryland 2-1-1

Find supports for a wide variety of needs.  Housing, food, children and families, legal services, mental health, etc.

Call: 211

Crisis Text Line

Connect 24/7 with a crisis counselor via text

TEXT: 741741

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This site was created by student support professionals at Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School, and is intended to support educator, parent, and family mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Site contact: Evan Velleman, NCC ebvelleman@bcps.k12.md.us