The Monrovia Unified School District (MUSD) is on Spring Break this week but one different from what might have been planned weeks and months before social distancing became the way of life. This is a time filled with uncertainty for all and taking care of mental health needs is extremely important.
A recent advisory from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) shared signs to look for when monitoring your mental health:
- Heightened stress and anxiety.
- Fear and worry about personal health and the health of loved ones.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
Children and teenagers are at risk for experiencing elevated levels of stress due to the change in their routine. To manage anxiety and stress, DPH suggests the following:
- Connect with loved ones by reaching out virtually.
- Set a limit on media consumption.
- Get proper sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly.
- Make time to relax.
- Stay focused on personal strengths and maintain purpose.
- Join and participate in virtual communities based on your interests and hobbies.
MUSD counselors are available to help students and can be reached by email, phone, or virtual meeting during office hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. High school students in particular might have unanswered questions and counselors continue to assist them, in particular with the college application process.
Additionally, MUSD’s partnership with Care Solace provides a 24-hour virtual mental health support resource center, which includes web-based tools that make it easy to connect with vetted mental healthcare resources and providers in the community. They may also be reached by calling (888) 515-0595.
Other mental health resources include:
- California Youth Crisis Line: (800) 843-5200.
- L.A. County Department of Mental Health Access: (800) 854-7771.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255.