Welcome to the Counselor's Corner
Hello Parents and Students!
We will be using this webpage to provide support and information for both students and parents as we navigate the changes and adjustments in our school district due to the Coronavirus. We will be posting information here as it becomes available, along with any tips, support ideas, and links for parents and students. We also plan to create a google classroom to provide an opportunity to communicate with students as well as provide lessons to help them maintain positive mental health as we all adjust to the situation.
Please contact either counselor via email if you have a specific need for your child at :
Great resources for anxiety and your mental health in a global climate of uncertainty (students and parents):
A Brainpop video for kids explaining the Coronavirus and how they help stop the spread:
A great article for kids explaining the Coronavirus and breathing activities and strategies for coping and dealing with worry.
Here are some mental health apps for teens and young adults:
Mind Shift is one of the best mental health apps designed specifically for teens and young adults with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxious feelings, Mind Shift stresses the importance of changing how you think about anxiety. Think of this app as the cheerleader in your pocket, encouraging you to take charge of your life, ride out intense emotions, and face challenging situations.
Happify With its psychologist-approved mood-training program, the Happify app is your fast-track to a good mood. Try various engaging games, activity suggestions, gratitude prompts and more to train your brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts. The best part? Its free!
***Counselors are available during regular school hours to assist students through email, messaging through the GMS school counseling google classroom, phone call, or virtual meetings. Office hours are 8:30-3:30 M-F. Please reach out if you would like to set up a time to talk with either Mr. Pettis or Mrs. Bush.***
Here is a link to TEA’s list of mental health resources https://www.groesbeckisd.net/355055_4
Student Support (24/7)
The list below provides options for assistance 24 hours a day.
**HHSC Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line**
833-986-1919 day or night
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trevor Lifeline - Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Rape Crisis and Victim Services
You may also wish to visit the links below for additional resources and avenues for assistance:
- “Tip 411”- When a student or parent makes a report, it is sent to the Groesbeck Police Department. This allows students/parents to make anonymous calls regarding problems that they or their friends are having that could be harmful to their health and safety. The Groesbeck Police Department works with GISD to help support students and maintain the safety and security of our community. With the app, residents submit anonymous tips by texting the keyword GPD followed by your tip to 847411.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline - We can all help prevent suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
- Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids about Being Online - Net Cetera is a guide for parents, teachers and other mentors with practical tips to help kids navigate the online world safely. Net Cetera covers a variety of topics – from cyberbullying to file-sharing – as well as where to go for more information and issues to raise with kids about living their lives online.
- Talk early. Talk often. Get others involved – An Underage drinking prevention campaign - Sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association, the campaign’s main focus is to help parents have open and ongoing conversations with their preteen and teen children about the dangers of underage alcohol use. The campaign includes public service announcements and a web site with additional materials. Access www.underagedrinking.samhsa.gov.
- See It and Stop It: Teen Action Campaign – Created by teens to help prevent relationship violence, the See It, Stop It website offers information on recognizing and stopping abuse. The campaign's main premise is to help those who may be aware of domestic violence to help victims of abuse.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) | The Power of Parents and the Power of You(th) programs - Parents are a youth’s leading resource when it comes to making healthy choices. Youth also can play a pivotal role in underage prevention because they can stand up as the leaders who make it “ok” to say no to alcohol. The Power of Parents helps use the power they have to keep their kids safe through ongoing, critical conversations with their children about alcohol and other drugs. Through The Power of You(th), young adults not only learn why it is important to stay away from alcohol and other drugs, but they also learn real-life strategies.
- Military OneSource (www.MilitaryOneSource.com), a Department of Defense program, provides free help and information, 24/7, to service members and their families on issues that affect them, including parenting and child care, the concerns of families of children with special needs, budgeting and finances, consumer purchases, education, relationships, the cycle of deployment, and overall health and well-being.
- Underage Drinking Prevention and Awareness - The Too Smart To Start website, keeps individuals and organizations informed with the latest news on underage drinking. Too Smart to Start (TSTS) is a public education initiative that provides research-based strategies and materials to professionals and volunteers at the community level to help implement an underage alcohol use prevention program. The goal of TSTS is to decrease the risk of underage alcohol use by increasing the knowledge and skills of 9-13 year-olds and their parents and caregivers so they can positively address underage alcohol use issues.
- The Dangers of Prescription Drugs - As communities around the country renew their focus on the dangers of prescription drugs, parents are not alone and there are many free resources available. Learn why teens are abusing prescription drugs, the signs and symptoms of abuse, and which drugs are more frequently abused Partnership for Drug Free Kidshere.
- 5 Drugs Kids Steal Most Often From Parents (CBS Early Show 5/7/09)