Connections During COVID-19
Mental Wellness, Webinars For Families & Educators
We’re all adapting to a New Normal. Coronavirus has changed our jobs, our homes, our kids’ schooling. Every parent is trying to adjust, to manage their changed work situation and changed home situation. We’re all worried.
None of us know what’s coming next.
And nor do our kids.
While we wrestle with how best to manage our changed day-to-day logistics and lives, our children are wrestling with the same things. And doing it without what keeps them grounded: school, sports, band or orchestra practice, theater, engineering club, physical contact with friends.
We know that suicide rates increase at times of stress, disconnection and loss of purpose, and our kids are experiencing all of these right now. Now, more than ever, we need to support our kids’ mental health. And parents need to understand the basics of suicide awareness and prevention.
In response to these critical needs, Forefront is partnering with the School Mental Health supplement, University of Washington SMART Center, DBT in Schools, NWPBIS Network, and WellEducator to bring you a series of webinars for kids, parents, and educators, focusing on mental wellness and suicide prevention.
Student Life Skills to Survive & Thrive During COVID-19 & Beyond
Tuesdays & Thursdays: April 7th – June 16th. All webinars from 10 – 11am (Pacific Time)
Join DBT experts in their living room as they teach kids the basics of emotional
regulation and specific skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance and
interpersonal effectiveness—essential skills at any time, but even more critical during
COVID-19. Tune in with your kids to help reduce conflict and to keep this pandemic
- All sessions are FREE and are being recorded.
- Recordings and presentation materials are available after the events.
- Audience: Parents and educators
Live Q&A Sessions with Jim and Lizz Mazza
May 19th, 2020 and June 16th, 2020, 10 – 11am (Pacific Time)
Have you been watching the Mazzas’ live or online videos as they support their kids and your kids in developing DBT, otherwise known as, critical life skills? Do you have any questions about their lessons might translate into your own home? A school setting? Have you read their book or attended their past training on DBT in schools? Well, don’t miss the opportunity to ask whatever questions you may have of them when they do live Q&A sessions on May 19th and June 16th, 2020.
- If you want to submit your questions beforehand, there will be an opportunity to do so on the registration site.
- Registration is required for the live Q&A event, unlike the live and recorded YouTube lessons.
- Audience: Parents & educators.
LEARN® Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Webinar for Veterans, Followed by Live Q&A Session
June 1, 1 – 3 pm (PDT)
Veterans face enormous challenges as they transition from military to civilian life. Family members, friends and colleagues of veterans also face unique challenges in supporting those who served. COVID-19 presents new anxieties that may compound these factors. Forefront’s LEARN® Saves Lives for Veterans webinar, presented in partnership with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, offers perspective on the unique challenges Veterans and their families face, and teaches essential skills for support and suicide prevention, specifically tailored to those who have served, their loved ones, and those who work with or support them.
Ambiguous Loss, Grieving in the Time of Covid-19, Followed by Live Q&A Session
May 27, 10:00 am – noon
Life, as we knew it just a few weeks ago, has been completely turned upside down. That feeling you are feeling but can’t seem to describe in words may be grief. People are experiencing the loss of jobs, school, hugs, social connections, sports, graduations, weddings, funerals, it seems that every area of our life has been touched. We can’t even go to the grocery store without worry and stress. And if we were already grieving a loss, coping can be complicated. What do we do with this surreal feeling of disorientation? How do we recognize the signs and symptoms of grief and how do we cope? This webinar will give you an overview of what grief looks like at any time but especially during a time of ambiguous loss. We will talk about how to care for yourself and others in a time of uncertainty.
Educator Wellness 4-Part Webinar Series
April 3rd, April 24th, May 15th, June 3rd
All webinars from 1 – 2:30pm (Pacific Time)
Designed to support you in tapping into your resiliency skills, increasing your selfcompassion,
creating self-care routines, building a practice of gratitude and appreciation and celebrating – even those small successes – to support your wellbeing.
LEARN Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Training
Thursday, April 2, 10am – 12pm (PST)
This training teaches essential skills for suicide prevention. Join us to learn how
to: make your home safer to prevent the risk of suicide; ask your kid about
suicide in a safe way; recognize the signs of a mental health crisis and practical
steps to address it.