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Resources available for coping with crisis

During the COVID-19 pandemic, with people remaining isolated from others to slow the spread of the virus, it is especially difficult to cope with the lack of social interaction.

Natalie Serafini, trauma counselor at the Loyalsock Township School District, has compiled a list of online resources that offer help in coping with the unprecedented crisis.

Information is available from the following resources:

• COVID-19 Guide For Parents from the National Traumatic Stress Network.

• Suicide Prevention Online from the American School Counselor Association.

• Guide to Trauma Reactions deals with recognizing age-related reactions to traumatic events and information about how to help children at each age level.

• Mindfulness site offers information about practicing mindfulness to relieve stress.

• Safe 2 Say Something is a youth violence prevention program that teaches how to recognize warning signs and signals from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and provides a form for anonymous tips.

• Suicide Prevention Lifeline–1-800-273-TALK provides 24/7 free and confidential support and crisis resources for people or their loved ones and best practices for professionals.

• Crisis Text Line

• Center for Disease Control has information on stress and coping during the pandemic available at the CDC website.

•PA Parent and Family Alliance Serafini also has additional information on her website: https://sites.google.com/views/ltsd-k-12traumacounselor/resources.

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