Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness month. It is a good time to focus on family and provider self-care to improve well-being and effectiveness in supporting children and youth. Here are some helpful resources:     

Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (2020). Taking Care of Ourselves: Stress and Relaxation.  https://www.ecmhc.org/relaxation.html.     

These resources for parents and providers help us understand stress and identify a plan for relaxation. “Taking Care of Ourselves” is a booklet for parents and for providers in English and Spanish and there are workshop materials that include a power point deck, a stress log template, worksheets, and notes to mental health consultants who may provide the workshop. While these materials are developed for Head Start, there is much that is relevant for school-age parents and providers.     

University of Buffalo Social Work School (2020). Self-Care Starter Kit.    http://socialwork.buffalo.edu/resources/self-care-starter-kit.html  

This self-care starter kit provides links to a broad range of resources that include self-care assessments, tips on how to develop a self-care plan, and exercises and activities. While this resource was developed to support social work students, there is much that is relevant for child care and youth development professionals, especially in this time of public health crisis.    

Julie Kurz (2019). Culturally Responsive Self-Care Practices for Early Childhood Educators.  https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/culturally-responsive-self-care-practices-for-early-childhood-educators-1   

Given that providers are dealing daily with inequitable and challenging issues with children and families, this blog introduces a new book on culturally responsive ways to embed self-care, healing, and wellness into policies and practices of programs, agencies, and systems.   

Temesha Regan (2019). Remember to Take Care of Yourself: Six Ideas for Family Child Care Providers. NAEYC. https://www.naeyc.org/resources/blog/six-ideas-family-child-care-providers  

Family child care providers’ work is in their home, and it can be especially difficult to turn off work. This blog provides tips and quotes from family child care providers on self-care.     


Event Date: 
Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 4:15pm to Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 4:15pm