May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, this year’s theme is “You Are Not Alone.” You are not alone in your challenges and struggles. Your students are not alone in theirs.
This issue of Upbeat News features resources to support you and your students. We’re spotlighting our new release Name and Tame Your Anxiety with an excerpt on how to plan for anxiety by taking a big anxiety and breaking it into smaller, more manageable parts. Read the excerpt.
For additional resources on anxiety, stress, grief, and more, read on. Also check out our free download of the month, “Teacher Quick Sheet for Trauma Response.” This information worksheet from Responding to Student Trauma by Stephanie Filio helps educators be prepared to put trauma response plans in motion and fully support students.
Your federal funding from the CARES Act and CRRSA Act can be used for Free Spirit mental health and SEL resources. View our curated mental health book sets organized by age and grade level
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New Release Spotlight: Name and Tame Your Anxiety
Name and Tame Your Anxiety helps kids better understand and improve their mental health. In kid-friendly language, this kid’s guide to anxiety helps readers understand what is happening in their brains and shows how learning to manage anxiety can help them do the things in life they need and want to do.

It includes information about how kids can self-advocate for what they need to manage anxiety as well as how to interpret some of the common things adults say to kids about anxiety. Readers will also find self-check and planning exercises, quotes from real kids, and a glossary of terms about anxiety.
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Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
Author Elizabeth Verdick shares common signs of anxiety in toddlers and young children and offers ways adults can help them soothe their anxiety. Read now.
School counselor and author Stephanie Filio shares how educators can practice self-care at home during the pandemic—and beyond. Read now.
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This month’s free download is from Responding to Student Trauma by Stephanie Filio. “Teacher Quick Sheet for Trauma Response” helps educators be prepared to put trauma response plans in motion and fully support students.

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