HOUSTON – The shooting in Uvalde took place during the last week of school for most students in Texas.
Normally, school counselors would be available to any student struggling with mental health issues after such a tragedy, but how can parents get help during the summer months?
Go to your school counselor
In the summer, no child has to suffer alone.
Did you know that you can still turn to your counselor for help?
You can find the counselor’s email address on the district’s websites and they should be able to direct you to resources that can help with mental health.
In Humble ISD, they have student wellness counselors who focus on emotional well-being rather than strict academic guidance.
“It’s all tailored to be very personal, and what each student, grade, and campus needs,” said Melissa Lee, Humble ISD’s Senior Director of Personalized Student Success.
Lee said the wellness advisors are also available in the summer.
‘They go out and meet the campus dean and meet the parents. They will meet with a student to see if that is a good match and provide additional therapy, additional counseling sessions for that student to learn about the specific needs of that child that that child is struggling with,” she said.
What should parents pay attention to?
The pandemic has taken its toll on the youth.
According to the Texas School Counselor Association, the most common behavioral problems since the start of the pandemic include:
Thoughts of suicide
Difficulty forming relationships with others
Jennifer Akins, TSCA president, said these aren’t new problems for young people, but they have been presented with more intensity and are lasting longer than in the past.
Who can I contact during a crisis?
Akins recommends using government websites to find helpful resources:
Not sure who can help you yet?
For any problem you have and don’t know who can help you, you can try the state hotline at 2-1-1.
“Like 911, but 211,” Akins said. The operator there can help you find practical resources in your community, such as counseling, food and shelter, social services, etc.
In the fall, students across Texas will notice a hotline on their ID badges where they can reach mental health professionals.
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