Families and Students
Your students’ mental and emotional health is often directly tied to their academic success. That’s why we want to help your student’s mental and emotional well-being.
Austin ISD Resources
School Counselors provide small group and short-term individual counseling. In addition, they conduct mental health screeners and help students with problems ranging from everyday stress to a mental health crisis. All Austin ISD campuses have at least one counselor position to help our students.
Licensed Mental Health Professionals are available across the district to provide support to students and families facing challenges that interfere with their academic or interpersonal success and other complex needs.
School Mental Health Centers can provide face-to-face therapy or teletherapy to AISD students. They accept insurance and financial assistance may be available to anyone who is uninsured or underinsured.
The Austin ISD Employee Assistance Program helps take care of the emotional needs of all AISD employees and their loved ones. Services are available 24/7, and are 100% free and confidential for all AISD employees..
The City of Austin has a COVID-19 Mental Health Resources page with information on its crisis support line, psychiatric emergency services, mental health services for adults and children, and more.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created a COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit that discusses social, emotional and mental well-being for children and young adults ages 0-24.
Everyone’s mental health is different, and there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. But there are simple practices that research shows can help you and your child.
Give Yourself Some Grace. Accept that this is not going to be the most productive time in your life. It is okay if all you do during this time is simply get your family through each day and make sure everyone remains safe and healthy and has their basic needs met.
Aim for Routine and Structure. During these uncertain times, some families find it helpful to maintain a daily routine. Develop a schedule that includes time for schoolwork, breaks, eating, and playtime.
Talk to Your Child. Take time to speak with your children about the COVID-19 pandemic in developmentally appropriate ways. Reassure your child that it is okay to feel upset and let them know they are safe, protected, and supported.
Take Care of Your Body. As hard as it may be, focus on the basics like getting enough sleep, eating fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water, and getting some exercise each day.
Spend Time Outside. If possible, try to spend some time outside every day. Fresh air, nature, and sunshine can boost your mood, and being outside can give everyone a much-needed change in scenery.