Being apart from each other hasn’t been easy for anyone. Listen to Fairfax County Public Schools’ Healthy Minds podcast to hear how we are all handling uncertainty, get new ideas how to help your child, friends and families feel better, and learn about how to help yourself feel stronger and more energized. If you need a little help to feel ok, it’s ok- the Healthy Minds podcast is here for you.
‘Speak Up; Be Safe’ During Child Abuse Awareness Month
Join Francesca Watson, Dept. of Family Services’ Body Safety Program Coordinator, and Lori Harkin Huse, LCSW, London Towne Elementary School as they discuss how adults can engage in important conversations with children about body safety. Hear about boundaries, choices, big feelings, mandatory reporting, the impacts of trauma, and adverse childhood experiences during this powerful podcast.
More information and resources are here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/familyservices/children-youth/volunteer-partner-services/body-safety
In recognition of School Social Work Week, we are joined by Sharita Crawford, a social worker in Region 3. Sharita shares a day in the life of a social worker, and discusses the importance of purposeful conversations as we continue to process our thoughts around the pandemic.
Grants Available to Help Students Stop Mental Health Stigma
Join Prevention Specialist Chad Christian to hear about opportunities for students to earn mini-grants this week. Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded to students who design creative, innovative projects that aim to reduce the perceived stigma of mental health issues and substance use disorders. The deadline is Feb. 11 so listen to Healthy Minds podcast today!
New Year; New Outlook
As we turn the calendar onto a new year, Deborah Callsen, a physical education teacher from Haycock Elementary School, shares lessons of positivity and health boosters for all of us.
She explains the Health Triangle of physical, mental and social health along with concrete, creative, and actionable ways to meet (or surpass) these needs for students, staff, and all listeners.
How to Experience Joy Through Giving This “Different” Holiday Season
Maria Genova, FCPS psychology supervisor, shares unique ways we can all give through “connections” this holiday season and reap the results of added joy in our lives. She addresses how we can learn to flex our “happiness” muscles and how we can look for the micro-moments to feel and demonstrate and cultivate optimism.
Recognizing National School Psychology Week
Ronne Lancaster, school psychologist at Herndon HS shares important information on actions families can take to help their students cope with the ongoing pandemic. Action strategies relating to managing screen time, building personal resilience, and the importance of recognizing one another’s positive strengths and seizing times to turn current challenges into positive opportunities to move forward.