2020 - 2021 School Year

Mental Health Numbers in Children

May 19 2021

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 6 U.S. children are diagnosed with a…

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Anxiety in the Classroom

May 19 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month  Sometimes anxiety in children is easy to identify - like feeling nervous right before a big test or…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May 5 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month This simple graphic from National Alliance on Mental Illness discusses the importance of prioritizing our mental…

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Adjustment Disorder

April 21 2021

As the year winds down, we find ourselves in a curious place.  For many of us, it has been a long year filled with twists and turns (and loops!) along the way. The…

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Counseling Awareness

April 15 2021

April is Counseling Awareness Month  Children across the globe have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mental Health issues are on the…

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Stress is Like a Bridge

April 7 2021

As we continue National Stress Awareness Month, I would like to share how the Stress Management Society…

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Stress Awareness Month

March 31 2021

April is National Stress Awareness Month so I will be sending a series of stress related content throughout the month.  At this point in the year, we are…

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Happy Hormones

March 24 2021

KidsHealth defines hormones as “chemical substances that act like messenger molecules in the body. After being…

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ODD Explained

March 4 2021

A new condition has been gaining more attention in our conversations about school and the behavior of students. Oppositional Defiance is becoming a way to describe…

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Effects of Stress

January 21 2021

This week’s Tip focuses on stress, which is something that affects every person at every age.  Some of our students feel an overwhelming amount of stress and…

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Strategies for Students with ODD

January 13 2021

Many of you have probably heard of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).  According to the

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Holiday How Tos

December 16 2020

The following information was taken from an article by Dr. Calen Soma, PsyD, LMSW, Chief Clinical Officer at Starr Commonwealth and can be accessed

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December 10 2020

The upcoming holiday break brings on the need to reflect and process the events of the past year and the year to come. With everything that has gone on this year,…

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Nonviolent Communication

November 18 2020

Hello,    As we set off for the holiday break, I invite you to scan your body and see how you are feeling physically and…

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4 Strategies for Coping with Stress

November 11 2020

Hello,    This year has been incredibly stressful for all of us and many will see an increase in their stress levels as we…

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Election Stress

November 4 2020

/files/download/documents/November Self-Care Calendar.pdfHello,  …

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Negativity Bias

October 28 2020

Hello,    Have you ever wondered why we automatically think negatively when something isn’t going well?  There is actually…

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Stress Management with Strengths

October 14 2020

Hello,    Stress can pop up anytime and anywhere.  But when you take control and develop strategies to…

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National Depression Screening Day

October 7 2020

Thursday is National Depression Screening Day   Regular health screenings offer a quick and easy way to spot signs of serious…

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Ambiguous Loss

September 30 2020

Have you ever heard the term ambiguous loss?  This term was developed by Dr. Pauline Boss to help explain the…

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Reintroduction of Basecampus

September 24 2020

With the 2020-2021 school year now in full swing it is time to re-introduce everyone to the Basecampus program and it’s new look.  Now in its 3rd…

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Educator Self-Care

September 16 2020

Self-care has been talked about a ton recently and will most likely continue to be talked about for a long time; especially during COVID-19.   But what…

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Suicide Prevention Month

September 9 2020

This week’s Tip is bringing awareness to a serious topic: Suicide Prevention.  September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and according to

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Resilience with Social Emotional Learning

September 3 2020

The pandemic has left even the most resilient of people at risk of being vulnerable and less regulated than they were pre-COVID-19.  For this reason, SEL can…

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Virtual Instruction with a Social Emotional Lens

August 26 2020

As educators, you are continuously asked to do the impossible and time after time, have overcome any challenges in your way.  Educators have also proven to be…

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20 - 20 School Year

Tiny Habits

January 6 2021

The first of the year is usually coupled with New Year’s Resolutions and talk of setting goals.  Many people typically set big and unachievable goals and then begin…

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2019 - 2020 School Year

Quarantine Habits to Keep

May 20 2020

I came across this article in an online magazine when looking for things to include in the Weekly Tip.  It’s titled, “

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Things You Should Do Every Day To Improve Your Mental Health

May 13 2020

There are daily things we should be doing every day to improve our mental health. Our body and brain need routine. Let’s avoid the maladaptive thinking to help…

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Teacher Appreciation

May 7 2020

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and although you may or may not all be traditional teachers, you all make a lasting impact on the lives of our students.  …

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Developing Your Strengths

April 29 2020

Hello,   Even during times like we are in now, developing your strengths (those things you are good at and actually enjoy doing) can…

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Everyone Experiences Stress Differently

April 23 2020

Hello,   We all experience stress DIFFERENTLY.   The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) focuses on…

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April 17 2020

Hello,   Today’s tip is about managing anger. Some of us may find anger to be an uncomfortable feeling but it’s important to learn the…

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Online Classroom

April 2 2020

Hello,    Adjusting to this new normal of online learning can take some time.  Liza Long, a contributor for the 1 in 5 Minds…

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March 24 2020

Hello,   How many of you are new to distance education and working from home?  I’m guessing this is new to most if not all of…

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Mental Wealth

March 4 2020

Hello,   Do you have Mental Wealth?   When we put money into an investment account, the long-term goal is to…

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Emotional Learning

February 25 2020

Hello,   Let’s look into Emotional Learning this week!   Emotional awareness in students is key in being able to…

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Procrastination and Emotions

February 18 2020

Let’s explore procrastination and emotions!   As an educator you see may procrastination as an everyday issue in students or even in…

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Teen Dating Violence

February 10 2020

Valentine’s Day is coming up! A day of love, friendships, and kindness- although sometimes it also brings sadness, violence, and disappointment to some. …

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National Mentoring Month

January 30 2020

January is National Mentoring Month! According to Allison E…

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January 21 2020

The CASEL Secondary Guide (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) defines social and…

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January 17 2020

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness-it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” …

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National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

January 8 2020

January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day  According to the Alamo Area Coalition Against Trafficking, nearly 20% of the…

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Stress and Self Care

December 18 2019

Last week’s Tip mentioned that stress that can be associated with the holidays.  PsychCentral shares that some people are at a higher risk of experiencing…

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Coping with the Holidays Survival Guide

December 11 2019

The holiday season can be a happy and joyful time filled with laughter, love, and reconnection with family and friends.  It can also be one of the MOST…

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October 25 2019

Affirmations are important to building our resiliency and self-esteem. When we repeat an affirmation or a mantra,…

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World Maths Day

October 16 2019

October 15th was World Maths Day! World Maths Day encourages students around the world to engage in online competitive fames centered…

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VIA Character Strengths

October 10 2019

October 10th is World Mental Health Day! In a deficit-based world, it’s important that we notice and focus on what is “right” with…

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World Teacher's Day!

October 2 2019

Saturday, October 5th is World Teacher’s Day! Let’s honor teachers and recognize their great contributions to the education and development of each…

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Developmental Relationships

September 25 2019

Developmental relationships are vital for the growth and development of young people.  According to a study completed by the

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Your Life Your Voice

September 18 2019

Students experience all kinds of stress and each student handles this stress differently.  The important thing to understand is that everyone comes with a story so we…

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Suicide Prevention Awareness

September 11 2019

September is Suicide Awareness Prevention Month  It is a time to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect people…

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2018 - 2019 School Year

Escalating Behaviors

May 24 2019

This week’s tip is taken directly from the One in Five Minds for Educators toolbox. Dr. Josh Essery says, “Solely viewing a child’s behavior as the problem and thus…

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SEL Practices

May 17 2019

The City of San Antonio has declared May as Trauma-Informed Care Awareness Month. This declaration increases the awareness of trauma and its significant impact on the…

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Self-Care for Educators

May 2 2019

Self-care is extremely important for educators.  Some of you have some very difficult students in your classes and it takes everything you have to keep it together…

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Toolbox for Educators

April 24 2019

As some of you may know, my position as your BASE Wellness Coach is connected to the Clarity Child Guidance Center’s 1 in 5 minds for Educators toolbox

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Eating Disorders

April 10 2019

When we hear the word “eating disorder” our mind tends to think about significant weight loss through anorexia (restricting food) and…

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High Achievers

April 3 2019

For this week’s tip I want to address a group of students we don’t usually think about in terms of mental health or social-emotional wellness. Students with a…

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

March 21 2019

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a clinical diagnosis for individuals who feel overwhelming anxiety in several different situations or settings. According to

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Testing Anxiety

March 7 2019

With testing time fast approaching, this week’s tip focuses on testing anxiety. According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the typical…

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Bipolar Disorder

February 28 2019

This week’s tip is about Bipolar Disorder (what we used to call Manic Depression). Bipolar Disorder is a brain condition that is usually…

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Your BASE Coach

February 20 2019

For this week’s tip I want to reintroduce my program and my role as your BASE Wellness Coach here at LEE HS & ISA. My program is brand new to the district…

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Secondary Traumatic Stress

January 29 2019

There is a “new” term being thrown around these days, Secondary Traumatic Stress. This condition affects many individuals in the helping professions, educators included.…

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Self Harm

January 23 2019

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI), another name for self-harm, is not a recent phenomenon. Recent findings, however, suggest that nearly…

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Trauma and Behavior

January 16 2019

I’ve addressed Trauma in past “Tips”, but its impact on our students and their time at school is so large that I think it’s important to discuss it again.…

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Exhausted Educator

January 9 2019

Good morning staff and welcome to 2019! Today’s Tip of the Week comes from a website that I stumbled on before the break. Click on the image below because there is…

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The Holidays

December 19 2018

The Holidays are here and while it is usually a joyful time for a lot of us, some of us are actually “triggered” by the holidays. If this…

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Impatient Hospitalization

December 13 2018

I’ve received some questions from teachers recently about how to help a student who is returning from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. Most of the…

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December 5 2018

Did you know that gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual…

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Eat Something!

November 28 2018

One of the foundational principles of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), a trauma-informed care model, is Empowerment. Empowerment involves…

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November 16 2018

This week’s tip is brought to you directly from the Texas Counseling Association’s Wellness Committee. For many of us, the holiday season means family…

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November 7 2018

How much focus do you give to your current experiences before thoughts of past stressors or future activities start creeping in?…

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Grief and the Holidays

October 31 2018

This stretch of the year (October – December) is typically a difficult one for individuals who have suffered a loss in their life. As a teacher, you might…

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October 23 2018

Many of you reading this email probably didn’t get enough sleep last night and some of you might even be downing your 2nd cup of coffee in the hopes that…

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Disengaged Students

October 17 2018

This week’s tip focuses on disengaged students. I’ve heard from several teachers over the past couple of weeks that your students don’t have behavior…

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October 12 2018

Today is the final day of my Mental Illness Awareness Week emails. The topic for today is Stress. Stress is something that affects every…

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Bullying and Mental Health

October 11 2018

Today’s topic for Mental Illness Awareness Week is bullying and mental health. We all know it’s a problem and it’s happening right under our noses here at…

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World Mental Health Day

October 10 2018

Today is officially World Mental Health Day and the mental health topic for today is Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s). Did…

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Suicide Awareness

October 9 2018

The mental health topic for today for Mental Illness Awareness Week is suicide prevention. Today’s MYTH about suicide is from PBS - Talking about…

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Cure Stigma

October 8 2018

Good morning LEE & ISA staff!  This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week across the United States.  Each day this week I’m going to send out…

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