My name is Jill Tozduman. I am a school social worker and a member of the Lyndhurst High School Child Study Team.
As a social worker in our district, I am committed to listen, guide, support, and inspire all of our students, families, and colleagues. I feel fortunate to work with adolescents as they continue to develop their values, learn right from wrong, and ultimately develop respect and compassion for others. We must continue our ongoing work to build a culture of kindness, acceptance, and empathy.
I will continue to do my part learning, listening, and working toward the ultimate goal of equality for all students. I believe that we truly have the power to come together and make a difference by sharing knowledge, asking questions, and welcoming support from others when needed. We are a team, and in unity we are a powerful agent of change. In my daily work I have learned that growth often comes through crisis, so let us work to grow together.
Below is a link to Resources to Support Inclusivity, Social Justice, Social Consciousness, Humanity in Our Communities (Home, School, Organizations)
HELP is available NOW. If you feel that you are, or someone you care about is, at risk of suicide, PLEASE call or text for free help NOW.
National Suicide Prevention Line
· Can be Immediately reached 24 hours per day/7 days per week
Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
· Can be Immediately reached 24 hours per day/7 days per week -En Español
Crisis Text Line
· Can be Immediately reached 24 hours per day/7 days per week
Text HOME to 741741
Bergen County’s Mental Health Urgent Care Center, operated by CBH Care, is ready to help any resident who is struggling to cope with a mental health challenge. Ability to pay, no insurance, no funds …. NO WORRIES! The Urgent Care Center’s kind and caring staff will help find the answers and supports needed.
Wellness and Support Center/ Early Intervention Support Services (EISS) “Mental Health Urgent Care Clinic”
● Accepting new referrals, call first
● Providing telehealth services
Can be called 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
As we navigate the concerns arising regarding COVID – 19, it is important to consider the emotional, as well as, the physical impact this can have on our children and families. Thank you for your understanding, flexibility, and continued support as we work through the new and unusual circumstances we are facing.
Although the school building will be closed beginning March 16, please know that I will be available to respond to emails during the day from 9:00am-3:00pm.
Please email me with any questions or concerns at JillTozduman@lyndhurst.k12.nj.us.
05/08/20 Below are some great tips shared by 2020 National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health First Aid
Please visit below and review the information shared.
Tips to Help Teens Cope During COVID-19
By Rubina Kapil on April 21, 2020
When our world changes quickly and suddenly because of things like COVID-19, it is common to experience changes in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Feelings of anxiety, fear or worry are typical in stressful situations.
Typical reactions include:
- Feeling stressed or overwhelmed, frustrated or angry, worried or anxious
- Feeling restless, agitated, on ‘high alert’ or unable to calm down
- Being teary, sad, fatigued or tired, losing interest in usually enjoyable activities or finding it difficult to feel happy
- Worrying about going to public spaces, becoming unwell or contracting germs
- Constantly thinking about the situation, unable to move on or think about much else
- Experiencing physical symptoms such as increased fatigue or other uncomfortable sensations
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, so you should not expect any specific reaction. Still, take a few moments to talk with the teens in your life about how they are feeling and what may help them during this difficult time.
Remind them that all of these thoughts and feelings are common right now, and discuss simple self-care strategies that will help manage symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Here are a few tips for mental health and coping from teen Mental Health First Aid:
- Maintain a daily routine with consistent sleep, activity and study patterns.
- Stay connected with others, and try to find moments of humor.
- Talk to people you feel comfortable with about your feelings or worries, then give yourself permission to stop worrying.
- Eat breakfast every morning, plus snacks and meals at regular times throughout the day.
- Limit coffee or energy drinks, as these will increase feelings of anxiety and make it difficult to relax.
- Look for patterns or be aware of situations that make you feel particularly worried or anxious. When you’re in these situations, try relaxation or distraction techniques or ask a family member or friend to help.
- Relieve times of high anxiety with physical activity; engage in regular aerobic exercise (e.g., walk, jog, yoga, dance).
- Limit the amount of time you spend talking about or watching/listening to news media or social media if you are finding information about the COVID-19 situation overwhelming or distressing.
- Do hobbies or activities that you enjoy, calm you down or focus your mind and body. These could be arts and crafts, physical activity, listening to music, reading, journaling, watching TV or movies, or chatting with friends by phone, videoconference or text.
- Understand that the people around you are probably also finding this situation stressful, and they might also be having difficulty controlling their emotions. Try to resolve conflict.
- If you continue to feel overwhelmed, out of control or unable to calm down after a period of weeks, seek help from a mental health professional.
- Take time for yourself.
- Be kind to yourself and each other. We’ll work through this together.
If feelings do not improve, consider reaching out to a mental health professional or seeking online therapy. With the right information and resources, we can #BeTheDifference for the teens in our lives during COVID-19.
EXCELLENT Community Resources
*AS A PARENT TRYING TO NAVIGATE THE STRESS AND ANXIETY BROUGHT ON BY THE COVID- 19 PANDEMIC VISIT THE CRISIS MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE WEB PAGE BELOW FOR SUPPORT.
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A little background about me...
I have worked with the Lyndhurst Public School system for 18 years and also have experience as a private practitioner.
I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Seton Hall University and a Masters of Arts degree in Social Work from New York University.
Working on the Child Study Team, I serve as a case manager to students with disabilities and I develop Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students. I complete bio-psychosocial assessments through interviews with parents, students, and teachers. I often collaborate with Child Study Team members to provide the best support possible to our students. I assist with mental health and behavioral concerns. I offer academic and classroom support to students and teachers. I facilitate individual, group, and family counseling as needed and provide crisis intervention.
As a Child Study Team member, I am committed to maintaining parent and guardian communication. I believe that active parent involvement has a significant, positive impact on student development.
I truly enjoy working with students and I hope they learn as much from me as I learn from them!
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – (800) 273-TALK (8255)
Bergen County Helpline - 201-262-HELP
Children’s Mobile, https://www.careplusnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Childrens-Mobile-CarePlusNJ.pdf
NJ211 Community Resource Finder, https://www.nj211.org/
Community Mental Health Agencies:
Care Plus, NJ, 201-265-8200, https://www.careplusnj.org/
Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, 201-646-0195, http://cbhcare.com/welcome.html
West Bergen Mental Healthcare, 201-485-7172, https://westbergen.org/
Vantage Health System, 201-567-0059, http://www.vantagenj.org/