Helping Families with
Social Emotional Needs
As our families, community, and nation battle COVID-19, it can be a struggle to maintain our social and emotional health. Edgefield County School District's goal is to help provide our families with resources to keep us healthy and safe in all areas including social, emotional, and mental health. Here you can find resources to help your family discuss COVID-19, as well as activities and resources to support your social, emotional, and mental health during this time. While we are practicing physical social distancing, we still need appropriate and safe social experiences, and we hope to help support your family during this time.
Talking with Your Family About COVID-19
Research has shown that physical activity can improve your mental wellbeing. When boredom sets in, it's time to get up and move. Try walking, running, dancing, swimming, yoga, and gardening to name a few. The amazing thing about Edgefield County is that we have plenty of outdoor space to roam (keeping our appropriate social distancing in mind).
If you are stuck indoors try some movement videos on youtube. Our teachers and students like videos from https://www.gonoodle.com/ !
During this time, we have to be creative on how to socialize with those we care about without the risk of spreading COVID-19. One way is to video chat with your favorite people via Facetime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.
Some of our teachers here in Edgefield County are keeping their classroom communities going by having Zoom meetings with their students. So far we think everyone is enjoying the new interactions and keeping in contact.
Routines and Choices
One way to keep everyone on track is to keep a family routine or schedule. Depending on your family you may need an hour by hour schedule, or if you are more laid back just a to-do list for the day. Having a routine continues to give you purpose, and during a time of uncertainty we all need a purpose.
Also, consider an activity choice board for downtime, and allow your student to pick 3 activities a day. This may take some time and thought to prepare, but will be well worth it as the week(s) goes on.
As many parents are now having to help students with school work, there may be times of frustration and the student may shutdown. When this happens, allow them to have a break, or give them the choice of the academic task to complete. Remember our teachers are here to support you during this time, so please call if you have any questions.
Tips for Students Coping with Emotions during COVID-19
If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or wants to harm themselves or others call 911.
You can also contact:
the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255
Text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.
If your family needs additional support consider these additional resources in our community.
Additional questions about COVID-19, checkout this DHEC link on quick facts, isolation vs quarantine, and symptoms:
Non-emergent mental health resources:
Beckman Center for Mental Health - telemedicine options available. Edgefield office
South Carolina Continuum of Care - Provides wrap around services for students with serious emotional and behavioral needs. Region B: Upstate Office located in Greenville.
Aiken Barnwell Mental Health - Hartzog Center (North Augusta area) 803-278-0880