No matter how recent the loss, we know that school is often more difficult for students who are grieving. LSW partners with Mourning Hope to offer a school-based grief support group for bereaved students. This 8-week, peer support group model was launched several years ago out of the need to reach teens where they spend the majority of their time—in their schools.
School bereavement groups offer a safe, natural environment for students to support one another. These groups help prevent negative consequences related to unresolved grief, such as difficulty with classroom concentration, behavioral problems, social isolation and withdrawal, depression, truancy, substance abuse, and even suicide. One of the greatest program benefits is youth recognizing they are not alone in their grief.
These school-based services occur weekly during school hours and are co-facilitated by our school social worker, Michael Barber, and a trained facilitator from Mourning Hope. Groups meet weekly on the same day for an hour, alternating between the first part of 1st, 2nd, and 4th blocks to reduce time out of classroom instruction as much as possible. All materials are supplied by Mourning Hope, and there is no cost for the school or the youth to participate.
Please contact your student's school counselor or Michael Barber (firstname.lastname@example.org/ext. 66336) if you have questions or would like to be notified when the next group is offered. You can also visit Mourning Hope at www.mourninghope.org to learn more about the many different supports they offer in the community.
Is your family having difficulty making ends meet?
During this time of year, finances can be even more strained for many as utility bills rise along with other pressures the holidays can bring. If you find your family needing some extra support in some area such as clothing, food, housing, or transportation, let us know. The LSW Hawk Market food pantry
is available to you (go to www.lps.org
and enter BCY3 in the search bar), as well as some donated clothing for students through Rob's Closet. Please contact Michael Barber, school social worker, or your student's school counselor so we can help connect you to resources.
As you are planning, consider these tips:
- The most available resource? Food. There are a variety of food bank programs and pick up sites available around Lincoln each day of the week. Taking advantage of those opportunities can allow families to put more money towards other areas where resources are more scarce, such as gas and rent.
- Download the free MyLNK app. This is a central directory of community resources here in town. It provides an updated daily listing of food bank sites and other services being offered, as well as categories that families can browse in trying to find assistance. If you don't have access to a smartphone, the Center for People in Need (www.thecenterforpeopleinneed.org or 402.476.4357) is a great agency to contact.
- Find help wherever you are. The United Way offers a comprehensive national helpline to connect people to resources for basic needs and also so much more. Just dial or text 2-1-1 from any phone or visit www.211.org to get connected.