March 19, 2020
North Shore Mental Health Team

Dear North Shore Parents and Students, 
As we all try to adjust to our new routines, the North Shore mental health team wants to help your family through this challenging time.The information concerning the spread of COVID-19 can be overwhelming to children and adults alike. To help address your child's concerns, it is important to offer healthy strategies and dispel misunderstandings.  It can be challenging to discuss this with your children in an age appropriate way. It is also important to be mindful of our own anxieties as adults and the messages we send our children. 

The mental and physical health of you and your family are the most important factors during this unpredictable time. With this idea in mind, the mental health team created a Mental Health Resources folder to help families generate healthy conversations about COVID-19 and positive mental health. The folder includes techniques on how to talk to your child about COVID-19, healthy coping skills and techniques to manage anxiety, community resources, and social and emotional learning activities you can participate in as a family. The mental health team will be sending out resources and contacting their students through email. Please encourage your child to check his or her North Shore email while school is closed.

Please know that the North Shore counselors, social workers and psychologists are standing by to assist you with any concerns you may have. Do not hesitate to reach out to us by sending an email. The counselor/social worker/psychologist will respond to your email as soon as possible. Should your child experience a mental health crisis please call the Long Island Crisis Center at 516-679-1111 or 911 immediately. Please reach out to a member of our mental health team to follow up on the situation.

To access the link please click here:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1P4zqNohfYvV3ehRQrx_Q63Et1OiarJs8?usp=sharing

Please feel free to reach out to me if I can be of assistance. I am hopeful that we all can use this time to slow down and spend some much needed time with our families. Stay safe.