ISSUE 53 • January 10, 2021
Happy New Year! Students and educators are setting new intentions, resolutions, and goals for 2021. While there’s a ton of excitement and ambition for the year ahead, millions of students across the country are still facing the challenges of the pandemic and remote learning. In this issue of Give Me Five, we’re focusing on building caring and trusting relationships and creating a strong school mission and culture—two XQ Design Principles.
Optimal mental health, stress management, and overall wellness are vital to help students succeed and thrive. By incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into our learning environments, whether virtually or in-person, we can better meet our students’ needs equitably. In this issue, we put together five resources to help you do that. And make sure you scroll all the way down for access to our new free Stress Management course on Rethink Together.
1. DISCUSS: Let’s Talk About Mental Health
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on mental health.
Why it matters: It’s always been important to talk about mental health. With COVID-19, school closures, anxiety, and trauma, talking about and checking in with our mental wellness is more crucial than ever before.
Peer Health Exchange created a space for young people to check in with their mental health, find resources, and get the help they need. Here you’ll find:
2. HELP: Supporting and Saving LGBTQ+ Lives
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth and young adults.
Why it matters: 1.8 million LGBTQ young consider suicide every year. LGBTQ youth may be particularly vulnerable to the negative health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trevor Project is available 24/7 for youth to get the support and help they need.
The Trevor Project has several options available for LGBTQ youth, including:
3. BREATHE: How To Cope With Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety and stress can make it difficult to do everyday tasks, but there are many ways to cope.
Why it matters: We all experience mental health issues. Luckily, there are many ways to help relieve these emotions, feel better, and continue conquering the day.
Here’s some advice from MTV’s Teen Code guide to coping with mental health:
4. CONNECT: Using Restorative Justice Circles To Build Positive Relationships
Restorative justice circles provide students, teachers, and educators with a space to connect and share.
Why it matters: The past year has been full of interconnected health, wellness, and social justice crises. It’s crucial to create spaces where students, teachers, and educators can connect, share their stories and feelings, and make meaningful connections. Restorative justice circles create a space to do that and more.
Restorative justice circles can be used for many purposes, including:
And so much more!
Click the extra credit link below to read the full article to learn more about restorative justice circles:
5. SUPPORT: Prioritizing Social Emotional Learning
During a school year full of traumas and challenges, social-emotional learning is more important than ever.
Why it matters: Connecting with students during remote learning may be difficult. However, as school closures and social distancing continue into the new year, educators must support their students’ social-emotional well-being. Uplifting, encouraging, and supporting students helps them thrive inside the classroom and beyond.
XQ’s Lauren Vertrees shares 10 tips to build SEL including:
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Our next course is Stress Management, where students will learn about stress, its impact on their physical and mental health, and how to cope with it. If you know any students who are interested, encourage them to sign up now!