OGHS Student Edition 5.27.20

may is mental health matters month - week 4

Dear students,

You made it! As we continue through this final week of the school year, we'd like to use this last Wellness Wednesday newsletter to say thank you for all your hard work during this period of distance learning. This wasn't how we pictured the end to our school year and we know it wasn't easy to get all your work done, figure out how to log into your student email, or sign on to your online classes. As we begin the summer, we hope that you will keep taking care of yourself. Don't forget that although the school year is coming to an end, there are lots of supports in the community still available to you. We hope you will stay connected with one another and reach out!

As always, we hope you are doing well and staying safe. To the class of 2020, CONGRATULATIONS!

Remember Once a Patriot, Always a Patriot!

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wellness & mental health

“We don't heal in isolation, but in community.” ― S. Kelley Harrell

Creative self-expression can be a powerful tool to help us heal and maintain our mental wellness. It can also provide a meaningful way to build connections and express our support for those around us.

Being part of California’s Mental Health Movement means joining thousands of organizations and millions of individuals working to advance mental health. Each Mind Matters was created to unite all of us who share a vision of improved mental health and equality.This week, help put an end to stigma by expressing unity as part of the mental health movement:

  • Create messages of encouragement and hope in front of your house with Chalk Art. Snap a photo and share it on social media. Don’t forget to use one of the lime-green ribbon Instagram stickers if you share it on your story!
  • Take an active role in suicide prevention. Know the signs, find the words and learn how to reach out at www.suicideispreventable.org.
  • View and share mental health PSAs created by youth across California to raise awareness about mental health at www.DirectingChangeCA.org.
  • Learn how to raise your voice in support of mental health and to speak out against stigma. Share how you’re part of the movement by taking a pledge to advance mental health in your own way: www.eachmindmatters.org/get-involved/speak-up/take-a-pledge/.

Find even more activities in Each Mind Matters’ May Activation Kit here!

Connect with Each Mind Matters online throughout the month! Tag @EachMindMatters and use the hashtags #EachMindMatters and #SanaMente.

6 Ways to Exercise Self-Compassion

Get to know your community!


GritX is an online tool that provides access to mental health supports right from our home. Their goal is to inspire grit, teach adolescents and young adults to find resilience, and to tell their own stories, their own way. Check our some of their tools, including: self-interview, journaling, the skills studio, mindful breathing. To learn more visit the GritX website or click on the following links to practice some of their tools.

Mental Health Resources In Our Community!

Get to know the various mental health resources in our community. To connect with any of these supports give them a call.

Here Now Program - building mental health awareness

North County Lifeline, Here Now Program is a school based prevention and early intervention program that provides education about mental health, mental wellbeing and suicide prevention and intervention. They have created a virtual presentation for students focused around self-care and building healthy mental wellbeing. The presentation includes ways to ask for help for yourself and friends. To view the video click on the picture or click here.

Remember if you or a friend new help, reach out for support! Some great number to keep with you include, the Access and Crisis Hotline which is open 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week and can be reached at (888)724-7240. You can also text Help to 741741 and to start texting with a crisis counselor.

North County Crisis Intervention and Response Team

North County Crisis Intervention and Response Team is a behavioral crisis center that provides walk-in and same day appointments to children and youth ages 4-25 who are experiencing severe behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. A mobile assessment team is also available for youth who are unable to come into the Center.

All callers and walk-ins receive immediate screening for potential and additional services that may include:

  • diagnostic assessment
  • brief psychotherapy
  • information and referrals
  • case management
  • psychiatric evaluation

Their short term services are client driven, strength-based and trauma informed.

Address: 225 W Valley Pkwy #100, Escondido, CA 92025

Hours: Monday-Friday 12-8PM; Sat 12-5pm

Phone: (760) 233-0133

Pandemic EBT

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals must apply after online before June 30, 2020. The online application will be available beginning May 22, 2020 at ca.p-ebt.org. Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply, their P-EBT card will be automatically mailed in May 2020.

To apply or learn more about this program CA Pandemic EBT or visit their website at https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt

Flyers in: English, Spanish, Chinese

For more resources on financial assistance programs and other supports in California visit California COVID-19 Response or https://covid19.ca.gov/

creating a virtual calm corner...

Distance Learning, help is on the way!

The OGHS Counseling team has created some tools for parents and students navigating distance learning for the first time. Check out the resources at the OGHS Counseling Website.
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EUHSD seniors will have a multi-phase graduation recognition which includes:

  • Senior pick up of cap and gown via drive-thru style on campus.
  • EUHSD Senior Celebration Video, not to be confused with a graduation ceremony. The Senior Celebration Video is meant to be a united message of hope, inspiration, and congratulations from students and staff across our district. The video will be broadcasted for all to view on May 29.
  • Senior pictures on campus in cap and gown receiving their diploma with a graduation stage backdrop. Seniors may come to campus with limited members of their immediate household for photo appointments.
  • Face-to-Face Graduation Ceremony which will be held at a future date after we are given permission to gather by our public health department.

need help or know someone who does?

Even though schools will close for the summer, we want you to have the resources you need. Check out the information and hotlines below to help you or a friend if needed. You are not alone!

If you (or someone you care about) are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others

Call 911
Call (888) 724-7240
Text Home to 741741

Additional Hotlines

Say Something app/24 hr hotline 1 (844) 5- SAYNOW 1(844) 572-9669
Project Return Peer Support Network (888) 448-9777 English, (888) 448-4055 (Spanish)(Lines operate 5pm-10pm)
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1 (800) 985-5990 or text “talk with us” to 66746
Resource Hotline for info on food, housing, employment, health: Dial 211
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1(800) 799-SAFE (7233)
Child Abuse Hotline (800) 344-6000
Trevor Project Hotline 1-866-488-7386

Local free food distribution sites

Visit https://feedingsandiego.org/need-help/food-distributions/

Text "food" to 877877 or call (858) 452-3663.

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OGHS Counseling Team

Counseling Team:

Sara Steadry (A-Cl) ssteadry@euhsd.org

Michelle Ferrer Flores (Cm-Gom) mferrerores@euhsd.org

Tiffany Wilson (Gon-Lup) twilson@euhsd.org

Freddy Delgado (Luq-Pem) fdelgado@euhsd.org

Melissa Allen (Pen-Sanc) mallen@euhsd.org

Ryan Chesire (Sand-Z) rchesire@euhsd.org

School Social Worker

Mayra Gonzalez mgonzalez@euhsd.org

Office Line: (760)291-5000 ext. 5302


Visit OGHS Counseling Page for more resources