Social & Emotional Health

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

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NYC Well

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
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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

Disaster Distress Helpline

Call 1-800-985-5990
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.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 1-800-273-8255
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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

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.”

Playful graphic with self-care ideas for adults

Community Resources

Community Counseling and Mediation

810 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Site: 718-230-5100
Intake: 718-802-0666

The Family Center

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
Call 917-574-6879

Brooklyn Counseling Services (BCS)

26 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11242

NYPCC Child & Family Mental Health Centers

102 Pilling Street, Bushwick, NY
Call (718) 602-1000

2857 Linden Boulevard, East New York, NY
Call (718) 235-3100

Additional Resources

Crisis or Traumatic Event Resources from the DOE

FREE Digital Mental Health Resources

Child Mind Institute

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

National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network

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


Self-Care & Emotional Health for Children

Memory Match Game for Children – Emotions

Playful graphic with tips for self-care and mental health for children
Student Self-Care Tips for physical and medical health
A list of 50 self-care activities to do with kids