We have a growing list of community resources available for you if you are in need of individual counseling, group therapy, psychiatric services, and more. This link will take you to our resource list that will be updated as we connect with additional local resources and support.
- Don’t be afraid to let your friends, family, or teachers know what you need when they ask; they want to help. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline any time — calls are confidential. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Sometimes your struggle can be underestimated because of your age. But we hear you, and help is available.
- Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression often arise when least expected. With Sanvello, you’ll always have the right tools a tap away to relieve symptoms and feel better. Formerly Pacifica, Sanvello offers clinically validated strategies and support to help you feel happier over time.
- Calm is the #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. Join the millions experiencing better sleep, lower stress, and less anxiety with our guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. Calm is recommended by top psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts.
- Headspace is your guide to health and happiness. It’s the simple way to let go of stress and get a better night’s rest. Learn to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day. Plus, Sleep by Headspace helps you create the ideal conditions for a good night’s rest.
- Stay connected to your network when you are in a time of crisis with MY3. With MY3, you define your network, and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are feeling suicidal. Remember, there is hope and a life to look forward to even in your darkest moments – this app can help you get through the difficult moments.
- Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health. Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalize the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change. Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.
Helpful Tidbits of Knowledge
When I'm meeting with a student experiencing high levels of stress, I want to clear a path for discussion by addressing their most basic needs first. I use this acronym to ask questions about their most basic needs (the fist level of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs):
F - Food. Are you eating regularly or skipping meals?
R - Recreation (Rec Time). What's your outlet for recharging?
E - Exercise. Do you have a routine for daily activity?
S - Sleep. Do you practice regular, consistent sleep habits?
H - Hydration. Are you drinking enough water each day?
Though these things are not cure-alls for stress, anxiety, depression, and other challenges, they can absolutely keep us from working towards overcoming them. If you are lacking in any of these areas, reach out to a counselor to learn strategies and best practices for making yourself, and your health, a priority.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs represents what we need to reach our highest potential, or as he called it, "self actualization." If you aren't receiving your most basic needs, things like food, water, and sleep, it makes it harder to reach the higher levels. It's important that every student think about not only their goals, but also their most basic needs for thriving. When students in distress meet with their counselors, almost every stressor can be linked back to a lack of something listed on this pyramid. Our goal is to help them identify these items and develop healthy, sustainable ways to achieve them. (Click on the image to take a closer look).