Below you will find several school counseling resources for students and adults of all ages. This is a tough time for many people. Please remember to practice self-care on a daily basis. :)

Topic Linked Resource
Talking to Children about COVID-19
Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus
Parent Resource Talking to Children about COVID-19
15 Ways We Can Help Kids Who Are Worried About the Coronavirus
Helping Children Cope With Stress During COVID-19 Outbreak – Information from the World Health Organization
Stress & Anxiety Management
25 Books to Help Kids Overcome Anxiety, Worry, and Fear
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty
Humble Warriors Yoga – Try a little yoga to help de-stress!
Discover Gratitude – A 4-week challenge for older students or adults to practice mindful thankfulness and help enhance their overall health.
Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19 – Information from the Suicide Prevention Lifeline
5 Ways to Self-Care During COVID-19 – Infographic on self-care during the COVID-19 outbreak.
30 Things You Can Do For Your Emotional Health – Practice doing one activity a day on the list and see how your emotional health can improve in 30 days!
Circle of Control – Infographic on what we can and cannot control during the COVID-19 outbreak. Whatever we cannot control is something we can practice letting go.
Free Downloads, Activities, Printables, and Guides for Families During Coronavirus Closures – Great resource for younger students, but also those of all ages
Coping Skills Packet To Use at Home – Great resource for younger students, but also those of all ages
Article on Coping With Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
Coping with COVID-19 Handout – How to normalize anxiety and a list of various coping skills to use.
Managing COVID-19 Anxiety – Tips for adults, kids, and quarantine / isolation
Mental Health Apps to Download – A list and description of some useful mental health apps to download on your phone or other device.
Mindset Shift During Pandemic – Shifting one’s mindset can dramatically improve their mental health!
What Can I Control Activity – Great activity for younger students and those of any age! Directions and video included to help guide the activity.
Active Coping Calendar for April – April 2020 calendar from Action for Happiness with daily actions to help cope during this global crisis.
How to Use Journaling for Self Care
Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress
10 Hobbies that Combat Stress
Various Resources on Coping, Grounding, and other COVID-19 information – Check out another school counselor’s resource page with some great infographics on how to cope during this time.
Activity Ideas
Ideas for Activities During School Closings
25 Things Teenagers Can Do During Social Isolation
30 Days of Kindness Activities
55 Journal Prompts for Teens & Tweens
Virtual Disney World Rides
Planet Fitness – Offering free 20-minute at home workouts! Exercise is a great way to de-stress.
YMCA – Stay active with several free classes available online including yoga, weightlifting, tai chi, boxing, etc.
Mindfulness Crafts for Kids
Social Emotional Learning
7-12 Social Emotional Enhancement Activities – Resource from Mrs. Rinehart, the 7-12 School Counselor at Mount Ayr Community School
The Science of Well-Being – Take this free class from Yale University!
Social Emotional Learning at Home – 7 days of social emotional learning geared towards 3rd-5th grade students.
Take Home Social Emotional Learning Packet – Covers topics like calming strategies, positive self-talk, gratitude, and more! Great for younger students and those of all ages, too!
Free Social Emotional Learning Activities
Free Lessons from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation – Lessons geared towards students K-8 on qualities of kindness including respect, caring, inclusiveness, integrity, responsibility, and courage.
SEL Resources for Parents, Educators, and Schools
Social Emotional Learning BINGO Style
SEL Challenge & Scavenger Hunt
25 At Home SEL Activities
Social Emotional Learning Activity Choice Board – Try for three in a row each day!
SEL Activities for K-2 and 3-5
The Power of Positive Summit – Free Online Event, April 2nd-8th, 2020. Learn from 30+ elite speakers that include bestselling authors, top leaders, NFL/NBA/College players/coaches, and more. Each speaker will share a short video message, which includes actionable advice, that will help you to stay positive, overcome challenges and make a greater difference.
Love and Logic Parenting Online Class – FOR PARENTS! Free online parenting class. This is limited to the month of April. It’s Love & Logic’s way of supporting families as they go through this unprecedented crisis.
College & Career Exploration/ Planning
Update on ACT Testing – Were you a high school student planning to take the April 4th ACT test? Learn more at this link.
Iowa College Access Network – Explore the website or make a virtual appointment with one of their representatives to talk college and career advising. They also have livestream opportunities and previously recorded presentations for you to learn more about college and career planning!
Future Ready Iowa – Explore the website to learn about your interests and various careers!
My Academic Plan – This is a website we have been using in the 8th Grade Careers Exploratory class. Students who have taken the class should have an account. 8th grade students that will be taking the Careers Exploratory class 4th quarter are welcome to sign in with Google (school email) to create an account and get started exploring your interests and careers.
Iowa College Aid – Advocate for and support Iowans as they explore, finance and complete educational opportunities beyond high school to increase family and community success.
Reality Check – A fun online activity to see if students’ future careers fit their desired lifestyles.
Virtual College Visit – This website offers links to numerous virtual college visits. If you don’t find the college you are looking for, try exploring on that college’s website to see if they offer a virtual visit.
Occupational Outlook Handbook – Learn about different careers here! You can browse occupations or search a specific one you are interested in. 
Career Videos – Explore their collection of videos on hundreds of different careers!
AEA Postsecondary Resource List
Local Mental Health Resources & Hotline Numbers
Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa

Leon Location:

302 NE 14th Street

Leon, IA  50144

(641) 446-2383

Lamoni Location:

802 E. Ackerly St.

Lamoni, IA 50140

(641) 784-7911

Crossroads Behavioral Health Services

405 E. McLane

Osceola, IA 50213

(641) 342-4888

Children & Families of Iowa

105 E. McLane St. Ste 400

Osceola, IA, 50213.

(641) 342-3444

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call: (800) 273-TALK or (800) 273-8255

Text: 741741

Central Iowa Crisis Line

Toll-Free Crisis Line: 844-258-8858 

Online Chat Counseling: 

* Available Monday-Friday, 9am to 3pm 

Text Support: 800-332-4224 

* Available Monday-Friday, 9am to 3pm

Iowa Crisis Chat

Call/Text: 1-855-325-4296