Social-Emotional Support

Supporting Our Community!

Holding Hands

Dear P.S. 135 Families,

In these trying times, some of us are also experiencing loss within our families, communities, and organizations we are a part of.  With the current health crisis, unfortunately, we cannot grieve as we typically would which can add even more sadness and anxiety to an already difficult situation and may create more confusion for our little ones.  In an effort to support any family dealing with the loss of life, I would like to share some resources that may help you with the grieving process. Please feel free to reach out to me at if you have any questions or concerns.

With warm regards,

Alison Arduini
School Counselor

For immediate emotional support please consider the resources below:
NYC Well- Text, call or chat 24/7 1-888-NYC-WELL

Resources from Northwell Health

Updated March 18, 2020
Dear Students:

As you know, as of this week, schools in NYC have temporarily shut down as a preventative response to COVID-19 and are moving to a remote learning model. The resources in the following pages were put together for you as a support and guide during this difficult time. All of us at the health center are sending you tons of love and encouragement, and we want you to know that we are here for you. Please reach out via email for non-emergency situations as needed! You can contact your school-based Health Center staff via e-mail.  We will try to respond as soon as we can, Monday-Friday from 8 am-4 pm.

Hang in there, and remember we are here for you!

Our Staff:

Annemarie Goodman: Social Worker |

Jennifer Carbajal: Social Worker |

Renee DelRossi: Social Worker |

Kim Ciaccia Nurse:  Practitioner |

What support is available since I am not in school?

At this time, we are working on creating a plan to provide services that are available from the health center. To begin, if you need support in case of NON-EMERGENCIES:

  • You can also call the Adolescent Medicine Office at Cohen Children’s Medical Center at 516-465-3270 from 9 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday. 

What if I am feeling really down, in crisis, or having an emergency?

Times of uncertainty can often cause intense feelings, especially when regular and safe resources (such as appointments at the health center) are not available and events aren’t being processed with trusted providers. Please use the following resources for the times when your emotions become too overwhelming or severe to manage:

  1. Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741 to be connected to a counselor
  2. NYC Well: Call 1-888-692-9355, text “WELL” to 65173, or chat with a counselor at this link.
  3. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat with a counselor at this link.
  4. The Pediatric Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (provides walk-in evaluations and treatment to assist children and adolescents [ages 5-17] and their families experiencing a behavioral health crisis): Call 917-480-4495, Monday-Friday 10 am-4 pm; located at 269-01 76th Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
  5. The Behavioral Health Crisis Center at Zucker Hillside Hospital, Northwell Health (provides walk in evaluation and assessment to assist patients [18 and older] with mental health issues): Call 718-470-8300, Monday-Friday 9am-7pm; located at 75-59 263rd Street, Glen Oaks NY 11004

Tips for Managing Stress

Changing your routine and spending time in one place with the same people can be stressful.

Try to think of this as an opportunity to develop healthy coping skills that will last you through these weeks and beyond. If you get overwhelmed, here are some strategies to check out. Try each a few times, rating your stress level from 1-5 before and after using the strategy. Some will work better than others; that’s ok.

Check off the ones that work well for you.

Processing SkillsRelaxation Skills
❏ Write in a journal.
❏ Write a song or poem.
❏ Draw.
❏ Talk to a friend or trusted adult.
❏ Rate the intensity of your feelings.
❏ Make a playlist.
❏ Write a letter to someone.
❏ Write your worries on slips of paper and put them in a box.
❏ Breathe in for 4, hold for 4, out for 4, hold out for 4.
❏ Hold your hand to your heart and feel it slow down.
❏ Name 3 things you can see, 2 things you can hear, and 1 thing you can feel.
❏ Imagine your favorite place and hang out there for a while.
❏ Take a warm shower or bath.
❏ Repeat a positive statement about yourself three times.
Distraction SkillsPhysical/Sensory Skills
❏ Call a friend for a distraction. Ask how they’re doing.
❏ Do a crossword or word search.
❏ Play with a pet or sibling.
❏ Play a game/videogame.
❏ Sort/organize something.
❏ Read a good book.
❏ Write a creative story.
❏ Make a list of your favorite things.
❏ If it’s safe, cook or bake something.
❏ Do a crafting project.
❏ Watch a movie or show on Netflix
❏ Squeeze something squishy.
❏ Touch a soft surface, like a fuzzy blanket.
❏ Look at a calming image or video, like this one.
❏ Run water over your hands. Focus on the sensations you feel.
❏ Tense and relax your muscles, one by one.
❏ Stretch/try some yoga
❏ Do jumping jacks, pushups, or any exercise you can do at home.
❏ Put on some of your favorite lotion and focus on the smell
❏ Eat your favorite food and savor the taste.

Additional Stress Management Ideas

These are mindfulness apps that you can try on your phone:

undefinedCalm – with a free 7 day trial

undefinedHeadspace – with a free two week trial

undefinedSmiling Mind – free app

undefinedInsight Timer – free app

undefinedStop, Breathe & Think – free app

YouTube: search for “calming videos,” “relaxing sounds,” “mindfulness,” “mindfulness medition for anxiety,” “mindful breathing” etc.

Instagram: search for cute animal posts from pages like: cats_of_instagram, dogs_of_instagram; search up your interests: travel, food, music, fashion, make-up, sports

Internet Accessibility Resources:

  • undefinedSPECTRUM is offering FREE internet to students who do not have access.
    • CALL 1-844-488-8395 to access this resource.
  • undefinedOPTIMUM is also offering FREE internet to new customers for 60 days.
    • CALL 1-866-200-9522 to access this offer.

Please check us out on Instagram @ capp_warriors for Reproductive Health and other essential Information:

  • Daily updates from the Department of Education and the Mayor’s office about breakfast and lunch for students
  • Virtual College prep support e group for our High School Senior who identify as female.
  • Engaging social media campaigns weekly      

Local Resources:

Food Pantries:

St. Mary Star of The Sea
1920 New Haven Avenue
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
(718) 327-1133
Food Pantry Hours: Tuesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm Friday 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Solid Rock SDA Church
5205 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
(718) 634-1622
Food Pantry Hours: Tuesday 10:00am – 11:00am

Bethel Mission Church
10623 154th Street
Jamaica, NY 11433
(718) 291-8419
Soup Kitchen Hours: Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Calvary Baptist Church Food Pantry
111-10 Guy R. Brewer Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11433
(718) 297-2301
Food Pantry Hours: Wednesday 10am – 12pm, Thursday 11:30am – 1:30pm

Leviticus Church of God in Christ
114-12 Van Wyck Expressway
South Ozone Park, NY 11420
(718) 322-1095
Food Pantry Hours: Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Community Bible Evangelical Free Church
10216 89th Ave.
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
(718) 849-0311
Food Pantry Hours: Saturday 9:00am – 10:00am

One Way Church of Christ
216-11 Merrick Blvd.
Laurelton, NY 11413
(718) 525-4260
Soup Kitchen Hours: Saturday 11:00am – 2:00pm

Agape Food Rescue
1386 Sutter Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 502-1928
Food Pantry Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 10:30am – 2:30pm

Soup Kitchen Hours: Wednesday 12:30pm – 2:30pm
BedStuy Campaign Against Hunger
2004 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233
(718) 773-3551
Mondays and Thursday 10:00am – 3:00pm, Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00am – 6:30pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Evangelical Church
4th Ovington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
(718) 748-9502
Food Pantry Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Soup Kitchen Hours: Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Grab & Go Meals Program                                                    

School Food will provide grab and go meals from Monday, March 16th to Friday March 20th from 7:30am-1:30pm at all NYC school sites. Families and students may go to the closest site regardless of which school they attend to pick up one day’s worth of meals. After this week, food service will switch to centralized hubs.

This link is the DOE School Finder search feature: 

Hand Washing Tips:

Bored of the same old “Happy birthday” or “ABCs” while washing?

Check out THIS LINK to create your own hand washing poster, to the songs you like! Remember to scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing!

Information about COVID 19 from the CDC: