Even during this time of virtual education, the Patriot counseling department is here to support our students. Counselors will be sharing links to articles on this page that we hope you will find to be informative, comforting, and helpful.

* Bad news can be hard to avoid at the moment, and that is why it is increasingly important for teens to focus on positive coping skills. This article Resilient Teens Coping with COVID-19 through Connection and Creativity discusses the importance of the three C's: core values, creativity, and connection.

* Here are some basic self-care strategies to help teens cope during COVID-19, brought to you by Mental Health First Aid USA.
 
* Practicing mindfulness is a way to combat stress and anxiety. Here is a list of 30 Mindfulness Activities for Teens.

* It can be unsettling to look at your investments during a time of global crisis, especially if you or someone in your family is heading off to college in the near future. Virginia 529 offers advice on what investors should do in times of market uncertainty.

* Most of us rely on technology these days as a path to education, employment, communication, and entertainment. This article, Three Tips for Mental Health During COVID-19 and Zoom addresses the pros and cons of our increased connectivity and discusses how technology can be a source of healing or stress.

* For teenagers, the stay at home directive means the loss of their independence, freedom, and identity. This video discusses that loss and offers ten tips on "how teenagers can survive a pandemic without making their parents insane."

* Life during this Coronavirus outbreak can be stressful in many ways. Some people suggests that you can often help yourself by helping others. This article asks "What acts of kindness have you heard about or participated in during Coronavirus?"

* The US Department of Education offers information on how financial aid works, from finding the best fit for your needs to repaying your loans after graduation.

* Families are now spending more time at home together, and that could put additional stress on family dynamics. This article provides information and guidance if isolation is leading to or elevating abuse in the household.

* The New York Times offers tips on parenting the "quaranteenagers" in your home during the coronavirus outbreak.

* 5 Things You Need to Know About the Common Ap is a good read for students who are starting to apply to college.

* Applying for financial aid is a reality for the majority of students heading to college. Filling out the 2020-2021 FAFSA Form is the place to start.

* Are you college bound and investigating what you might like to study after high school? The 
Princeton Review offers insight about how to select a college major with this guide.

* Selecting a college can be an overwhelming process. Does the school offer a major that interests you? Do you want a large school or small one? Is the big city for you or a small town? The list of questions goes on and on. CollegeBoard offers this interactive Step-By-Step College Search that can help you zero in on educational options that best fit your interests.

* This ACT.org site is an informative resource for Spanish speakers who are researching colleges and preparing for the admission process.