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Resources for Families The following resources were provided by Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency

Supporting Mental Health in Iowa Schools

Research has shown that students academically achieve better when they receive social-emotional and mental health support. Good mental health is more than the absence of mental illness but also includes the areas of social-emotional-behavioral well-being and the developing coping skills to better handle life’s challenges. Visit the site above to learn more.

Managing Stress & Anxiety

Resources aggregated by our AEA system to address student and adult need in this area.

Caregiving During COVID-19

This YouTube video (<20 minutes) provides parents/caregivers the facts of COVID-19, common reactions to stressful situations, how to respond, and know when to seek more help. The PPT is linked on our website for those interested. This was in conjunction with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Positive Solutions for Families

This YouTube video (approximately 22 minutes) was developed by our Family Educator Coordinators to provide parents 8 practical tips on managing behavior in young children focusing on positive reinforcements and affirmations. PPT is also linked on our website.

The following resources are offered from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach   and Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship

Stress on the Farm

On the Farm: Stress is Real

Left untreated, stressors may lead to mental health and substance use issues, including death by suicide. Learn to recognize stress in yourself, family members, friends, neighbors, or others. Know when and how to get help and offer support. 

Click the link above to view the flyer.

The following resources are offered from COVID Recovery Iowa

Well Being of the Young Child Flyer

 Parenting in a Pandemic. Our Facebook group offers ideas and support to help parents get through each day. Conversation starters, fun activities, and live talks with experts in parent-related fields such as play therapists, self-care specialists, and doctors. 

Click the link above for more information.

COVID Recovery Iowa Flyer

Click the above link to access free information on counseling services related to COVID-19.

COVID Recovery Iowa

Anxiety.  Loneliness.  Anger.  Sense of loss.  All of these feelings are normal. And the pandemic doesn’t affect everyone the same way. You may feel fine and confident one day and overwhelmed the next. Your family members may feel things differently – and at different times – than you. That’s why COVID Recovery Iowa offers a listening ear. Counseling sessions with virtual counselors are available by video, chat or phone 24/7. 

Click here to learn more and to fill out the confidential form, or call 1-844-775-9276

Virtual Resources The following resources are offered as a way to get support while staying socially distanced during COVID-19

Life Connections: Virtual Recovery Center

Life Connections understands the need for individuals who are needing support and may not be able to travel or want the comfort of their own home. With this, we are going to now offer remote support by virtual and phone capabilities. We want to offer a way for you to stay physically distant but stay socially engaged. We offer support groups, one on one support, and just that socialization that we all need.

List of groups offered virtually by Life Connections Wellness Center:

Monday’s: Eating Healthy
Tuesday’s: W.R.A.P. (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
Thursday’s: Stressors/feelings. True/False?
Friday’s: Wellness Check Ins and Open Dialogues
Saturday’s: What Does Recovery Look Like and Mean to Me?
Sunday’s: Negative Self-Talk

All support groups are from 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Please click here for more information and to access the virtual meetings.

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