Mental Health Resources
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for many people. Linked below are resources available from national organizations and also locally.
Please note that these links will direct you to websites not affiliated with the Canandaigua City School District. We are not responsible for the content of these sites.
For further questions, please reach out to Vern Tenney, Director of Student and Administrative Services, at (585) 396-3997.
offers a menu of mental health resources including hotlines, drop-in centers, support groups, counseling, and specialized services.
This document outlines specific guidelines on talking to children about COVID-19- specifically:
• Remaining calm and reassuring
• Make yourself available
• Avoid excessive blaming
• Monitor television viewing and social media
• Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible
• Be honest and accurate
• Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and more....
There are signs of RESILIENCE everywhere, as we cope with how much life has changed in such a short amount of time. Within a week Social Distancing went from a new term to the norm. Businesses, schools and colleges are figuring out how to function remotely. And strangers began helping one another as grocery stores went from plentiful to empty.
There are actions all of us can take that are within our sphere of control to manage our worries and concerns adaptively. With so many unanswered questions, our brains, bodies, and emotions may react in many ways.
Safe School Helpline
Use the Safe School Helpline to report threats of violence, suicide and illegal activity that could harm students in our schools.
Your call is private, confidential, and anonymous!
Call: 1-800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359
Text: 66746, TIPS
Here are some recommendations to follow:
✓ Allow room for questions over time
✓ Stick to facts
✓ Continue to follow normal routines like dinner and bedtime. Maintain limits on behavior and expectations.
✓ Focus on what can be controlled (i.e. social distancing, hand washing)
✓ Promote positive habits
✓ Encourage stress-management activities and find ways for new fun
✓ Let them know you and others are here if they need to talk or need a break
✓ Listen and validate feelings
Find your inner safe space.
Keep your attention focused on the “small.’”
Become more present and grounded.
Practice feeling compassion.
This site offers soothing meditations, sleep meditations, sleep stories, calm music, calm body, calm masterclass, calm resources for kids, mindfulness resources, and practices to find ease
Mr. Vern Tenney is the Director of Student & Administrative Services. He is also the district's point of contact for state and local child welfare agencies.
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