Mental Health Resources for Students During School Closures
We recognize that our students may feel additional stress and anxiety during this period of uncertainty. Students can request to speak with a Wellness Counselor during Summer.
If this is a medical or mental health emergency, please do not fill out the form, and contact the following sources immediately:
- Crisis Text Line: text "home" to 741-741
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- Anonymous Alert: www.anonymousalerts.com/sanmateouhsd
- StarVista Crisis Hotline: 650-579-0350
- 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency room if you can get there safely
Additionally, please see this resource produced by the National Association of School Psychologists about talking to children about COVID-19.
Students and families: Make an appointment with a Wellness Counselor during Summer School (June 15 - July 17)
WELLNESS CENTER NEWS
September was Suicide Prevention Month. We do our best to educate and support our community in the ways to communicate about concerns and how to reach out for help.
Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives. Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.
Know the Risk Factors
Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can't cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they're important to be aware of.
- Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders (depression, anxiety and bipolar), schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders
- Alcohol and other substance use disorders
- Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies
- History of trauma or abuse
- Major physical illnesses
- Previous suicide attempt(s)
- Family history of suicide
- Job or financial loss
- Loss of relationship(s)
- Easy access to lethal means
- Lack of social support and sense of isolation
- Stigma associated with asking for help
- Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment
- Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma
- Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)
- Know the Warning Signs
- Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline.
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings
Information provided by Suicide Prevention Hotline.
If in crisis or in need of support please try one of our three local hotlines:
San Mateo County Crisis Line: 650-579-0350 or 1-800-SUICIDE
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Rape Crisis Hot Line (24 hour): 650-692-7273
If in immediate danger please dial 9-1-1
Wellness Resources for Parents and Guardians
OnYourMind - Peer Supported Teen Crisis Chat
This is a StarVista program that provides a safe and anonymous place for teens and youth to talk, find support, and explore resources. You can talk about anything that’s on your mind- including relationships, school, depression, stress, suicide, friends, parents, cutting, identity, and health.
VirusAnxiety.org: A curated page of reliable, accessible articlesto help you take care of your mental health.
5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus (NY Times login required)
How to Talk to Kids and Teens About the Coronavirus
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