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Counseling/Social Work Services
Ryan Wilkins
Sunday, March 22, 2020


  Hartford-Sumner Elementary School and Buckfield Jr./Sr. High School

  From Your Nezinscot School Counselors, Mr. Gauvin, Mr. Webber and Mrs. Johnson


School has been closed and my child needs help, what can I do?


Non-Emergency Situations

         ○ The school counselors are available during the regular school day via

email (,, to check-in

with as needed and to help answer any questions or concerns. Emails will be answered within 24 hours, Monday - Friday. Email is not appropriate for urgent or emergency situations. For these types of situations, please use the numbers and resources below.


Emergency Situations OR If the School Counselor is Unavailable

○ Contact the school resource officer, Officer Turner ( .

○ If your child needs help/is in crisis or you/they are concerned about somebody else, call the crisis hotline (1-888-568-1112). This will connect you to the closest crisis center and is available 24/7.


Emergency Situations That Require Immediate Assistance/Someone’s Life Is or May Be in Danger

 ○ Call 911 or report to the nearest emergency department.


Clinical School-Based Counselors

 ○ If your child meets with one of the outside clinical counselors at school, please email/call them to see what options are available for support/counseling at this time.

                     ■ Oxford County Mental Health Services 364-3549

                     ■ Pathways of Maine 777-5888


Area Resources

Local Food Pantries

Local Counselors and Mental Health Resources


Tips to Talk to your Kids

         Talking to Your Kids About the Coronavirus

         Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus from NPR


Tips to Help Reduce Anxiety

○ Validate feelings

○ Normalize anxiety during heightened situations

         ○ Focus on what they have control of

○ Encourage distraction

                     ■ Meditation/Mindfulness

             ■ Going for a walk

                     ■ Music

                     ■ Craft project

                     ■ Focus on your child's favorite hobby

                     ■ Family time


Other Hotlines

         ○ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

         ○ State of Maine’s Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-452-1999 (Staffed 24 hours a day).

         211 (Available 24/7 to provide information and connect you to local programs and services).


Resources for Remote Learning with a Focus on School Counseling Domains

         Digital Resources