RESOURCES FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR

Mental Health

Lauren Day

Speech Language Pathologist

SVS Talent Initiative

Sandra Foster

College Prep

sfoster@springvalleyschool.org

"If you or someone you know are struggling with mental health, please know you are not alone. If a friend voices struggles to you, remember:

  1. Tell your friend you hear them, but also want to help and need to tell an adult

  2. Ask if they want to go with you to talk to an adult - if they don't want to, that is ok too!

  3. Find a trusted adult and explain the situation

  4. Let the adult handle it from there 

  5. Support the friend as needed but also report any continued concern back to the trusted adult

  6. Remember!!! You are not responsible for your friend’s actions or thoughts

 

Some resources on mental health support are:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 988

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
A free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.

 

The Trevor Project
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/localresources
866 4-U-TREVOR
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including a nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.

 

Samaritans USA
http://www.samaritansusa.org/
Samaritans centers provide volunteer-staffed hotlines and professional and volunteer-run public education programs, “suicide survivor” support groups and many other crisis response, outreach and advocacy activities.

 

Attempt Survivors
http://attemptsurvivors.com/
A two-year project that collected blog posts and stories for and by attempt survivors, set up by the American Association of Suicidology. While the active collection has stopped, the archive is a good place to explore, to hear open, honest voices exploring life after a suicide attempt.

 

ULifeline
http://ulifeline.org/page/main/StudentLogin.html
An anonymous online resource where you can learn about suicide  prevention and campus-specific resources.

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
http://www.afsp.org/
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people impacted by suicide.

 

Mental Health First Aid USA
http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/
A public education program that  helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

 

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
SAVE.org
A national nonprofit dedicated to preventing suicide through public awareness and education.

 

Live Through This
http://livethroughthis.org/
An organization documenting the stories and portraits of suicide attempt survivors to encourage more open dialogue around suicide and depression.

BIrmingham Crisis Center

https://www.crisiscenterbham.org/

205) 323-7777 main line

(205) 328-5465, youth line