Here is information on online student groups aimed at supporting mental health among students. Here is a message from one of the organizers:
I hope this email finds you well and that you are having a refreshing start to this new year. I am reaching out from Santa Clara County’s Virtual You Program and want to extend an invitation for your youth to participate in our FREE upcoming wellness groups. Virtual You is a series of wellness groups for youth ages 12-25 being offered by the county. The goal of these groups is to provide support to youth during these unprecedented times by building community, practicing self-care, and creating space for connection and renewal.
Groups are drop-in and welcome to all. Each group that a participant attends is also a raffle entry for a $15 gift card that will be announced at the end of the series. Below are descriptions of the Alum Rock Counseling Center groups we are offering:
MINDFUL MONDAYS: This is for anyone looking to wind down, re-center, and find self-care in community. Each group is only 30 minutes, so it’s a perfect way to create space for mindfulness for those with a busy schedule! Each week will focus on a different theme and consist of a guided meditation, activity, discussion, and breath-work. This group is for you whether you’re brand new to the practice or have been in a long-term relationship with mindfulness. Weekly themes include Grounding, Gratitude, Acceptance-Commitment, Self-Love, and more!
WHEN: High School Group: Monday 4:00pm - 4:30pm. Starts: 1/25/21
Middle School Group: Monday 3:15pm - 3:45pm. Starts: 1/25/21
COLOR & VIBE: In this group you will learn how to implement self care into your daily lives while also vibing to music and making art. Youth will learn to make their own color wheel, choose color sheets that they can color as they like, and follow along with some step by step "how to draw" videos and will be able to color their drawing after.
WHEN: Tuesday 5:00pm - 6:00pm. Starts: 1/19/21
AMONG US GAME NIGHT: Virtual You is hosting a game night! We will be playing AMONG US every Wednesday evening. The game is super simple and a lot of fun. Explore around a virtual spaceship completing easy maintenance tasks while trying to keep safe from the imposter!
WHEN: Wednesdays 4:30pm - 5:30pm. Starts: 1/20/21
Whether youth are in need of a space to vent, create, or just have fun, we hope Virtual You can help meet those needs. In these challenging times, the value of prioritizing mental health and self-care is of utmost importance and we encourage you to lean on the resources of the community.
To register, please go to: www.tinyurl.com/virtualyougroups. Feel free to distribute the flyers attached to this email to anyone else you think may benefit from participating.
Thank you for your support and feel free to reach out with any further questions.
Jose Florentino Arreola
Peer Support Specialist, allcove Alum Rock Counseling Center
Phone: (408) 910- 6427
Uplift Crisis Hotline: (408) 379-9085