TALKING TO YOUR CHILD ABOUT RACE ISSUES AND CIVIL UNREST
As a School District, and as a community, we must teach our students, and teach one another, that human worth and human dignity, respecting the uniqueness of each individual, and the cultural and historical uniqueness of each community are values we can all agree upon, share, and put into daily practice. It may be challenging to have discussions with your child about recent events, please see below for resources that may be helpful.
Talking to Children After Racial Incidents: Children are often more aware of race, class, and gender differences than parents realize. This resource explains the importance of having these conversations, rather than avoiding them and provides strategies on how to communicate and listen to your child’s thoughts and feelings about race-related incidents.
Supporting Vulnerable Students in Stressful Times: Times of uncertainty can have a significant impact on communities and families. This resource from the National Association of School Psychologists explains how parents can understand the effects of trauma on everyday life, when parents should be concerned and how to promote a sense of safety in children during turbulent times.
Parent Toolkit - Talking to Kids About Race and Racism: There is no one way to talk to children about race and racism. The context will vary, depending on who is talking and what their personal experiences are with race and racism. Although there are no quick tips to talking about the complexities of race, there are better ways to have the conversation. This resource provides parents insight on being honest and relatable to their children regardless of their experiences or background.
Mental Health Awareness
SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, risk factors associated with suicide may include mental disorders such as depression, previous suicide attempts, a barrier to accessing mental health treatment, physical illness and feelings of hopelessness or isolation. Those who need help, including children, can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free an confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We Care: Suicide Prevention
Note: Individual private practitioners who provide mental health services for children, adolescents, families, and adults may be
foundin the local telephone directory and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida Directory.
Note: Individual private practitioners who provide mental health services for children, adolescents, families, and adults may be found in the local telephone directory and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida Directory.
Dena Landry, Ed.D, NCSPCoordinator of Psychological Services(239) 377-0521
LandryDe@collierschools.comCaroline Brennan, MSW, LCSW
Supervisor, Mental Health Supports and Social Emotional Learning(239) 377-0531
BrennaCa@collierschools.comStephen McFaddenCoordinator of School Counseling K-8(239)-377-0517
Allison FerraroCoordinator of School Counseling 9-12