When you need extra support, our School Crisis Response Team, Principal Ali, Assistant Principal Renovales, our Parent Coordinator – Ms. Derrell-Jacob – and our PTO are all here to help you find the resources you need. Some options below include mental health counselors available through hotlines or virtual visits, further reading about dealing with stress, trauma, grief, and how to talk to our kids about COVID-19 and the effects that the pandemic continues to have on our lives and community, and some fun self-care tips for adults and kids. Please take good care of your physical, mental and emotional health, and know there are many people who want to help.
School Crisis Response Team
Jaye Skinner, School Psychologist
Karen Shaw-Taylor, Guidance Counselor
Anne Kner, School Social Worker
Get Help Now
Call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
• Relay Service for Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Call 711
• Español: Press 3
• 中文: Press 4
Text WELL to 65173
Chat with a Counselor Now
Free, confidential mental health and substance use services, 24/7/365.
Available in more than 200 languages (stay on the line, and you will be connected with a counselor who can connect you to translator services). NYC Well Counselors are also trained to accept calls from individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, using video relay services.
Mental health support New Yorkers can access while staying home
Text TALKWITHUS to 66746
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
Chat with a Counselor Now
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Vibrant Emotional Health (formerly the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC)), helps individuals and families identify and access services and support that will help them achieve mental and emotional wellbeing. They also offer Safe Space, an online “home to resources and tools to provide you with some extra support in an emotionally safe environment.”
810 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
The Family Center’s mission is to strengthen families affected by crisis, illness or loss to create a more secure present and future for their children
493 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Call 718-859-4500 x4577
Calvary Hospital Bereavement Support (Brooklyn)
Grief can be very isolating for children as well as adults. Calvary offers more than 25 bereavement groups for grieving individuals.
Abby R. Spilka, MA, CT, MHC-LP, Bereavement Counselor
26 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11242
102 Pilling Street, Bushwick, NY
Call (718) 602-1000
2857 Linden Boulevard, East New York, NY
Call (718) 235-3100
PS9 has hosted presentations by the Child Mind Institute over the years; we trust their work and philosophy. They have developed a resource guide for parents on coping during COVID-19, and their website has valuable information on many related subjects, including telehealth evaluations and treatment for children. The Child Mind Institute is also hosting a Parent Support Workshop series – Coping During COVID-19. Keep an eye out on Konstella to sign up for an upcoming presentation.
Anxiety, Stress, & Trauma
Radical Self Care in the Face of Mounting Racial Stress from Psychology Today
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Families and Teachers from the National Association of School Psychologists
Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Coping with Stress During Outbreak also from SAMHSA
Finding Calm During a Crisis from the New York City Employee Assistance Program
“The Calm Place”: A series of relaxing images and mindfulness prompts from the New York Times
Five Things to Know About Stress from the National Institute of Mental Health
Care for Caregivers: Tips for Families and Educators also from NASP
Bereavement & Grief
The Center for Complicated Grief
Center for Loss and Life Transitions
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Helping Children Deal with Grief from Child Mind Institute
Helping Children after Tragedy from A Caring Hand