Social/Emotional Health Resources
Greetings ICS Students and Parents!
I am a Behavioral Health Support Specialist from Youth Eastside Services (YES) and I look forward to supporting your students for a second year! In the next few weeks you will receive more information about my virtual services and how to access them. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to discuss any concerns you might have as your student begins a new and most unusual school year. Call (425) 747-4937, ext. 2719, enter the extension anytime during the greeting, and leave a message with your name and phone number, student’s name, and a good time to call back.
A few reasons I meet with students and/or their families:
- School-related stress and transition/adjustment issues
- Learning challenges, such as coping with ADHD, etc.
- Relationship difficulties including peer, parent and other family challenges
- Depression and anxiety
- Suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors
- Substance use and being affected by others’ substance use
- Behavioral and conduct problems
- Gender Identity exploration
- Abuse and trauma, including ongoing racialized trauma
- Loss and grief
I have a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and I’m a Substance Use Disorder Professional in training. I have a variety of experience working with adolescents, in schools and in an agency setting. In my work I use a collaborative approach, and focus on student strengths and increasing their emotional awareness and capacity for solving the challenges they encounter. The services I provide are evidence-based, trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive. We might meet for just one session, or for ongoing therapy over several months, individually or in a group. I also offer classroom presentations on issues such as suicide risk awareness, stress management, and substance use prevention. I am available to work with parents, guardians, and other family members to provide parent education and support strategies, assist in resolving conflict, and make referrals to community resources.
Behavioral Health Support Specialist
Youth Eastside Services
(425) 747- 4937 x 2719 at YES
LWSD email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LWSD Phone: 62772 (Call any LWSD school and ask for me at that extension)
Teen Mental Health First Aid Training @ ICS
This year, ICS is teaming with Youth Eastside Services to implement the Teen Mental Health First Aid training program (tMHFA) with our 10th grade students. tMHFA is an in-person training for high school students to learn about mental illnesses, including how to identify and respond to a developing mental health or substance use problem among their peers. Students learn a 5-step action plan to help their friends who may be facing a mental health problem or crisis and highlights the important step of involving a responsible and trusted adult. Our presenters/trainers will be Michelle Brode, a Behavioral Health Support Specialist from Youth Eastside Services, and Morgan Lipe, LWSD Student Services Specialist.
To learn more, check out the Teen Mental Health First Aid presentation on YouTube.
General Health Resources
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/13-things-mentally-strong-people-dont.html Try out some of these techniques
ReachOut: ReachOut is run by the Inspire USA Foundation, a non-profit organization. Its mission is to help young people lead happier lives. http://www.inspireusafoundation.org/
Washington School-Based Health Alliance: School-based health centers are emerging in Washington State and across the country as an effective way to deliver consistent, high-quality primary health care and mental health services to children and adolescents. http://schoolhealthcare.org/
Frontiers of Innovation is an initiative “committed to driving transformative change for young children whose needs are currently not being met. Adverse experiences can derail children’s healthy development, creative learning, behavior, and health challenges …” http://developingchild.harvard.edu/activities/frontiers_of_innovation/
Suicide Prevention and Resources
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Survivor Outreach Program https://afsp.org/find-support/
https://grievingstudents.org/ Grief resource for parents, school officials, and students
http://www.amightygirl.com/ Resources to empower GIRLS
http://www.additudemag.com/resource-center/school-accommodations.html Strategies and support for ADHD and LD
Creative College Options
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2014/10/29/7-countries-where-americans-can-study-at-universities-in-english-for-free-or-almost-free/ Go to college outside the USA…for free!
Do Good, Be Good: Make a Difference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CwCvpEMEJU Teaching empathy and caring for others
http://lrinspire.com/2014/06/19/teen-scientist-harnesses-sun-power-to-help-navajo-community/ Inspirational Science Ideas!
Coping with Anxiety
http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/amazing-apps-for-anyone-living-with-anxiety#.ue5WykgPV 14 Apps for Anyone Living with Anxiety
http://www.schoolcounselingfiles.com/activities-for-anxious-kids.html Get some ideas for taking care of yourself and staying anxiety free.
http://www.childmind.org/en/posts/articles/mood-di... Girls and Anxiety
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-17106/how-to-change-your-attitude-when-you-cant-change-your-situation.html How to Change Your Attitude When You Can’t Change Your Situation
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/03/06/turned-off-how-teens-respond-to-a-no-tech-challenge/ Tech Time Out-Check out teen reactions to life without technology