Counseling and Mental Health @ AFSE
The Impact of COVID-19 on our AFSE Family
2020 has been one of the toughest years for people around the world, especially our children. The coronavirus changed our lives and the way we learn for the time being. Our lives have changed into what we now refer to as the "new normal" where we travel with masks and stay home as often as possible to prevent the spread of the virus. The isolation and lack of social contact for students and families can be difficult to manage and overcome.
At AFSE, we understand how important it is to have the support of an adult and/or community to help get through these tough times. The NYC Department of Education has partnered with the Trauma Responsive Educational Practices project to provide teachers and staff with highly effective, trauma-informed training. To learn more about the project, visit the TREP website..
Below is a list of resources that teachers and staff at AFSE utilize to support, intervene, manage, and navigate the mental health needs of our students as we continue to traverse this current health crisis:
Our AFSE Counseling Team
- Lower Academy Counseling: Erbin Nunez - [email protected]
- Upper Academy Counseling: Julia Hayward - [email protected];
- Upper Academy Counseling: Suzanne Zeitlin-Mellor - [email protected]
You can learn more about our counseling office here.
Our Social-Emotional Learning Team hosts a variety of community builders for every grade level every morning Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 10:00 am. Students can check out the internal Google Meets via their Google Calendar for more information. You can contact our Social-Emotional Learning team at [email protected]
NYC DOE Mental Health Resources:
- Get help immediately Text "WELL" to 65173, call 1-888-NYC-WELL (692-9355) or chat now
- NYC Well services are provided through ThriveNYC, which is a comprehensive public health approach to mental health in NYC. The program works to shift the culture, remove the stigma around mental health, and make help-seeking normal. For more information visit the NYC Thrive Website.