Hamilton Counseling Newsletter


September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month!

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It can be normal to experience a variety of emotions, but when emotions and thoughts overtake our sense of safety, this might be cause for concern. If you or someone you know may be having suicidal thoughts, please reach out by calling a hotline, calling 911, or talking with a supportive person that can help get you immediate help. You are not alone, you are not a burden, and there is help for you. Suicide is very serious, and we must talk about it because it can affect all of us. Ignoring the topic would be a mistake. No matter what, safety is the #1 priority. If you are concerned, find safety for you or the other person.

Suicide Warning Signs:

  • Talking or writing about death or suicide
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and activities

    or other means

  • Feeling trapped

  • Giving away possessions

  • Dramatic mood changes

  • Increasing drug or alcohol use

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Looking for ways to harm or kill self by seeking weapons, pills,

  • Feeling hopeless or helpless

  • Acting impulsively or recklessly

  • Increased anxiousness or agitation

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts, it is so important to adopt healthy coping strategies to help you during this time and in the future. The most important thing you can do will be to identify your reliable support system and get help immediately. Friends and family will do their best to help you, but you must also do your best to communicate how you feel.

Click HERE and HERE for mental health resources.

Missed the 988 Listen and Learn?

Watch the video below to hear Solari discuss the implementation of the new federal lifeline in Arizona and additional prevention services through Mercy Care. This video will explain when to call 988 and what to expect when you call!
988 and Crisis Services Presentation for Chandler USD

Hotline Numbers

24-hr Crisis Line: 9-8-8

State Treatment Hotline: 800-662-4357

Mercy Maricopa 24-hrs. hotline: 800-631-1314 (AHCCCS only)

24-hr Teen Lifeline: 800-273-TALK or 602-248-8336

24-hr Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

EMPACT: 866-205-5229

Terros: 602-685-6000

Mind 24-7: 844-646-3247

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Meet our new Social Workers!

Ms. Bravo

Hello, my name is Cassandra Bravo and I am one of the new Social Workers here at Hamilton High School. I recently graduated from Arizona State University where I received my Master's in Social Work. I am extremely passionate about working with teens and their families to support them through any challenges they may be facing. I am extremely excited to be here at Hamilton & look forward to working alongside you this school year.

Ms. Tandis

My name is Tandis Pourbastani and I am new to Hamilton this year. I am an Arizona native and recently moved back to the state a little over a month ago. I love being outdoors, trying new food, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and taking my Labrador Retrievers for a swim! I graduated with my MSW degree from Arizona State University and have been working within the behavioral health field for almost seven years. I have experience working with youth and families and am passionate about connecting individuals to resources within the community. I am looking forward to supporting my fellow colleagues and students on campus!

Hispanic Mother Daughter Program


Hispanic Mother Daughter Program (HMDP) is an early-outreach middle and high school program designed to increase the number of first-generation Arizona students who are qualified and prepared to enroll at ASU through direct family involvement.

HMDP was originally designed to serve Hispanic mothers and their daughters. Although the program has retained this name, neither gender no ethnicity will be a consideration as participants are chosen for the program. All first-generation students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to apply to the program during the recruitment cycle.

For more information and the application, click HERE.

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Managing Stress as a Parent Workshop

Tuesday, Sep. 6th, 5-7pm

801 East Frye Road

Chandler, AZ

Please join us to discuss managing stress as a parent. Stress affects all aspects of our lives, including parenting. Explore healthy strategies to manage stress and create a plan to enhance your current parenting practices.

Pre-Register by clicking HERE. Questions? Call 480-834-9424 or email classregistration@childcrisisaz.org.

Find more information on Child Crisis Arizona at childcrisisaz.org.

Free Transportation for Students!

Click this link to learn more about the Chandler Flex program available to students.

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