Hi, I'm Gizmo

I'm a therapy dog. I visit people in schools and other places to comfort them when they are feeling sad, mad, or worried. There are things that you can do to help yourself when you feel sad, mad, or worried.

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Back to School After COVID-19: Supporting Student and Staff Mental Health Toolkit

Educators across the world are wondering how school will look when they return to the buildings that they left suddenly earlier this spring.
This toolkit is designed to help guide conversations to include a trauma-informed, equitable, and compassionate lens to providing mental health supports to every member of the school community. Because we will all return to school as different people than when we left, caring leaders are seeking to support each other in turning our tragedies into growth, recognizing the joys amongst the ongoing and profound difficulties, and re-establishing school communities to serve everyone, with greater justice and equity. (read more)

Care & Safety for You and Your Family During the COVID-19

Dear Families,

The stress and anxiety of the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting families in various ways, and these resources can help you and your family stay safe and calm during this challenging, and uncertain time.

With schools closing, it’s also important to consider how you can keep your children who are old enough to stay home alone safe while you’re working. Please see the articles below that can help you discuss the COVID-19 outbreak with your children based on their age, and set rules and limits.

Also, when adjusting the environment for their increased safety, please don’t forget to secure alcohol, tobacco, prescription and over-the-counter medication, and firearms. Even well-behaved children make impulsive decisions based on natural curiosities that get them into trouble when bored.

Stay well!
CT Suicide Advisory Board

For the latest information about Connecticut, call 211, text CTCOVID to 898211 or visit ct.gov/coronavirus

Hi, I’m Gizmo

Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health is a great free resource to help you and your kids with your sad, mad and worried feelings during this tough time. And, this link has fun activities you and your kids can do alone or together inside and outside. The online book is here in English or Spanish, and you can order free print copies too. Note: free quantities are limited to a max of 4 outside CT.