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District 196 Mental Health Supports

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we understand how important providing support is during this public health crisis. Please refer to the resources on this page for assistance in dealing with mental health needs during this stressful time. You are encouraged to reach out to your school counselor, social worker, nurse or psychologist for further support.

Virtual Calming Room

Sometimes life can be overwhelming and it can be hard to work through difficult times. This Virtual Calming Room was designed to assist in identifying different strategies for managing emotions. We hope these tools will provide helpful outlets and practices for when life gets tough.

Spark and Stitch Institute, Dr. DaviD Walsh

David Walsh, Ph.D. is an award winning psychologist, best selling author, and international speaker. In 1995, he founded the internationally renowned National Institute on Media and the Family, which he led until 2010. In 2011 he founded Mind Positive Parenting to translate cutting edge brain science to everyday practice for parents, teachers and other professionals.

About Your Teen Media

Welcome to Your Teen Media, your resource for parenting teenagers.

Our Story

Parenting can get lonely when kids get older and the playgroups fade away. The glossy magazines usually focus on young kids, and we may find ourselves looking for new sources of answers to our parenting questions and concerns. Plus, more than ever, we want to feel like we’re not alone. Friends Stephanie Silverman and Susan Borison saw that, like themselves, other parents of teenagers were hungry for expert advice and nonjudgmental support. In 2007, we founded Your Teen Media to meet this need.


Feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed? Change to Chill offers free online mental health resources for teens designed to help them learn how to relax and integrate healthy habits into their lifestyle. Whether you’re a teen yourself, a mentor or a parent, explore our mindfulness guides and stress relief activities for teens to help yourself and others soothe their minds and Change to Chill.