JTMS Counseling Newsletter

October 12, 2020

World Mental Health Day- October 10, 2020

World Mental Health Day was established by the World Health Organization, or the W.H.O., to raise awareness about the important topic of mental health all around the world. Quite often, mental health does not get the attention that it needs. Mental healthcare is fundamental to people's well-being and to the healthy functioning of society. We can each play a part in spreading the awareness through our example to others.

Telling a family member you need time to cool down before discussing something that gets you upset, asking a friend to check on you during a difficult week or talking openly about your family's positive experiences with mental health counseling are all ways you can make others see that taking care of your mental health is not something to hide. It's a normal part of life. We all need a break sometimes! You can show others that you are not a perfect superhero, but that you are a regular person, who sometimes needs help. It could make a huge difference in someone's life!

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JTMS Celebrates Diversity on Coming Out Day- October 11, 2020

Did you know that, according to the Human Rights Campaign, one out of every two Americans know someone close to them who is gay or lesbian? Also, one out of ten Americans is close to a trans person. If you know that those people are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), perhaps it's because they "came out" to you. Coming Out is the process where an LGBT person chooses to tell someone about their sexuality or gender. It can be a frightening thing to advocate for yourself and share this information with people, because not everyone is accepting, and our culture, society, and many of our religions are not welcoming to the LGBT community or experience. However, many LGBT people feel great relief and freedom after they are able to express who they really are. If you or someone you love wants help with the coming out process or any LGBT-related issues, there are links below to help.
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JTMS Counselors

Your counselors are here for you! Parents, students, teachers: please get in touch with us any time you have a question or concern. We care about you!

Mrs. Carroll- Grade 6, Mrs. LaCatena- Grade 7, Ms. Ellingsen- Grade 8, and Ms. Martino- Student Assistance Counselor