As we all prepare for a very different spring break than I am sure most had planned, I want to remind the community, especially our students, on the importance of practicing social distancing, which is a part of Los Angeles County’s “Safer at Home” order.
The order states that individuals must keep 6 feet or more of space between themselves and others at all times. Individuals may not gather in groups and are encouraged to continue washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer, disinfect surfaces, and stay indoors unless you are going out to buy essentials.
It is vital that we follow this guidance, adhere to the social distancing measures, and continue practicing healthy habits.
This is a time filled with uncertainty for us all. Taking care of mental health needs is extremely important. A recent advisory from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) shared signs to look for when monitoring your mental health:
- Heightened stress and anxiety
- Fear and worry about personal health and the health of loved ones
- Difficulty concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Connect with loved ones by reaching out virtually
- Set a limit on media consumption
- Get proper sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly
- Make time to relax
- Stay focused on your personal strengths and maintain your purpose
- Join and participate in virtual communities based on your interests and hobbies
We are in this together. Monrovia Unified counselors are available to help students and can be reached by email, phone, or google meeting during office hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We know there are many unanswered questions right now, especially for our high school scholars, which is why our counselors continue to assist them, in particular with the college application process.
Additionally, Monrovia Unified’s partnership with Care Solace provides a 24-hour virtual mental health support resource center, which includes web-based tools that make it easy to connect with vetted mental healthcare resources and providers in the community. They may also be reached by calling: (888) 515-0595.
Other mental health resources also include the following:
- California Youth Crisis Line: (800) 843-5200
- LA County Department of Mental Health Access: (800) 854-7771
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255
Monrovia Unified will continue monitoring this fluid situation regarding COVID-19 and will share updates as they become available. Please continue practicing social distancing and follow the guidelines our public health officials recommend.
Have a safe and healthy spring break.
Dr. Katherine Thorossian