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LISD implements mental health activities for employees

Laredo Independent School District implemented a monthly mental health activity at the new LISD administration building as staff are offered social emotional learning.

During this activity, staff were greeted with a festive table at the entrance of the building. With a sharpie in hand, they are asked to answer the simplest questions: what brings you joy, what are you grateful for?

As the Committee for Children’s website states, social-emotional learning is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills essential to school, work, and life success.

The Committee for Children further explains that people with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally and socially. From effective problem solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on children, adults and communities.

Rosina Silva, director of the LISD Guidance and Counseling Department, said that this activity at the district will bring beneficial outcomes for employees to continue their duties in a healthy mental state.

“The goal of SEL is to build relationships in the classroom,” Silva said. “LISD is taking it a step further by starting a monthly SEL activity with a Kindness Tree.

“To strengthen relationships in this building, it is important to create communication between each department and maintain a positive work environment.”

LISD said it will have a decorative post with a theme each month to help employees stay motivated. This will have employees answer a monthly question and fill the artistic tree with positive notes and affirmations.

In addition, LISD also maintains its Youth Mental Health First Aid training for employees and community members.

According to the district, Youth MHFA is the initial help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before appropriate treatment and support is obtained. The course serves to demystify the important topic of mental illness.

The participants in this course are taught how to recognize the symptoms of mental health problems; how to offer and provide initial help; and how to direct the individual to professional help, if appropriate, through trained LISD coordinators, administrators, counselors and behavioral specialists, LISD said.

“This training was really inspiring, educational and informative because now more than ever our youth are going through mental health issues because of the pandemic,” said Silva. “By taking this course, it sheds light on what the children feel and how we, as adults, can help them.”

For more information, please contact Guidance and Counseling Director Rosina Silva at 956-273-1262.

karol.garcia@lmtonline.com

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