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The Mindful Minute

'The Mindful Minute' was developed to improve our individual overall mental health and wellbeing and support those around us who may be suffering a mental health crisis. The focus is to provide educational awareness, resources relevant to mental wellness, and information on when and how to seek support if needed. I hope “The Mindful Minute” will continue to promote mental wellness to all.  

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Brittany Panda

Mental Health and Disabilities Manager | 980.240.8488

Mental health is a passion of mine. My role with AC4Ed is supporting mental health and wellbeing for our staff, parents and families. I’m excited to share my experiences working with people of all ages to improve their mental state as well as reduce misconceptions and stigma surrounding mental health.  read more

What is mental heath?

Mental health comprises of our psychological, social, and emotional well-being. Additionally, it affects how we feel, think, and act. The choices we make, how we handle stress, and how we relate to others are responsive to our mental health.



Mental Health and Early Childhood Education 

Mental health plays a significant role in the field of early childhood education. Individuals within early education, especially educators, face many challenges. Some of these challenges include but are not limited to workplace stress, burnout, dealing with challenging behaviors, and systematic changes.

Various factors begin and continue to play a role in the well-being of educators who support children and families daily.


What Do Studies Show?

Based upon a survey, published by the early childhood education resource provider Teaching Strategies, it shows that approximately 45% of early child educators are battling mental health challenges and burnout. 

Educators who experience high levels of stress and burnout are less likely to be responsive to the needs of children and implement best practices. Prioritizing your mental health is essential. When you prioritize your well-being, the children, and families we serve are able to receive the best ‘you”.

Here's a list of ways you can prioritize your mental health

You can prevent physical and psychological distress by

  • Taking a break and relax to restore your energy

  • Plan and engage in self-care. Self-care and relaxation techniques will vary

  • Turn to peers and supervisors for support     

  • Utilize resources such as Employee Assistance program (EAP) which offers 6 weeks of counseling support from licensed therapists.


No-cost Mental Health Resources

The mental health resources below provide educational resources, along with no cost mental health services. Please consider these resources in addition to EAP.


Mental Health of the Central Carolinas

Mental Health Hotline


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

If additional support and resources are needed, please contact EAP at 1-800-633-3353

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