Parent & Caregiver Resources: The last 6 months have been hard for parents, and just became harder for many with the start of remote schooling in many areas. WSU is continually updating our Parent and Caregiver Resources page with information on types of leave, flexible work options, and a growing list of educational materials.
Mental Health & Self Care: September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and the Department of Health is predicting a peak in behavioral health symptoms and behaviors this fall. This behavioral health forecast from the Washington State Department of Health includes tons of valuable, helpful, specific information about what is ahead of us. Our EAP has also shared a Suicide Prevention Month Communication Toolkit, attached above, that we are encouraged to use and share. Please be encouraging people to consider their current state, seek help when they need it, and prepare for a fall that is expected to be more challenging than the hardships we’ve faced to this point.
If You Know Someone in CrisisCall the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency. Learn more on the Lifeline’s website or the Crisis Text Line’s website.
Your School counselor's role includes providing professional assistance and support to students or small groups of students during times of transition, heightened stress, critical change or other situations that may impact your success. Although we do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools; school counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health needs and to assist students and families seeking resources.
Mental Health Topics You May Wish to Discuss with Your Counselor Include but are not limited to:
Anxiety Depression Addiction Grief/Loss Suicide Self Harm LGBTQ+ Relationships/Friendships Family Concerns about friends or Peers
Communities in Schools
Communities In Schools offers a solution to the dropout problem. In partnership with public schools facing the greatest dropout challenges, Communities In Schools brings resources and volunteers into the school to help struggling students get back on track. Click here to learn more.