SHES Counseling News

October 2019

October Happenings

Personal Safety Lessons

Our classroom counseling lessons this month focused on personal safety.

Red Ribbon Week October 21st-25th

Thank you to all who are participating in Red Ribbon Week! Our students are having so much fun dressing up for our spirit days and pledging to be drug free!

Monday- "Pledge to be Drug Free"--Wear Red

Tuesday- "Throw Shade at Drugs"-- Wear Sunglasses

Wednesday- "Too Smart to Start"--Wear Smarties sticker

Thursday- "Let's Fight Off Drugs"-- Dress like a Superhero

Friday- "Our future is bright"-- Wear bright/neon colors

Bullying Prevention Month

This month is Bullying Prevention Month. We want to encourage students to remember what classifies as bullying, and to speak up when they see something. Please join us in this fight by having continuous conversation with your students and children. Here is a great reminder for us all:

When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once, that’s rude.

When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once, that’s mean.

When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it, even when you tell them to stop or show them you are upset, that’s bullying.

Mental Health Awareness Month

This month is Mental Health Awareness Month. Twenty percent of youth today are living with mental health disorders. This consists of emotional, behavioral, anxiety and mood disorders. With our high rates of mental health disorders and suicide, it is very important that we begin educating our students and having important conversations much earlier. Below is a great resource on how to support our students as parents, guardians and educators:

Children's Mental Health Matters

Tips for good mental health

1. Positive relationships

Having good relationships with other people is the most important factor contributing to a sense of well-being. This can include family, friends, schoolmates and others in the community. Invest your time and energy in relationships that leave you feeling better about yourself.

2. Exercise and stay healthy

Exercise has been shown to increase well-being as well as reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Good physical health is related to better mental health so a healthy diet, exercise, and regular checkups with the doctor can all help.

3. Develop gratitude

Count your blessings. Try keeping a gratitude journal and write down 3 positive things for each day. This can lead to increased well-being.

4. Identify and use your strengths

We all have different strengths and weaknesses but finding out what you are really good at and using those talents can increase well-being. Using your strengths to help others in the community creates a sense of meaning and purpose.

5. Practice Mindfulness

Take a few minutes in the morning to sit in a quiet space, listen to calm music, take some deep breaths and reflect on the day ahead. This will clear your mind and help you to feel refreshed heading into the day.

6. Give to others

This could mean volunteering, helping a neighbor or performing small acts of kindness. Take some time to do the things you really enjoy. Positive emotions can cancel out the negative ones.

If you are struggling to feel happy, cope with everyday life, find meaning or feel connected to others, please find someone that you feel comfortable confiding in and consider talking to a healthcare professional. If you would like more resources for you or your child, please reach out to a school counselor or visit

Weekend Food Program

We are so excited to be partnering with The Real Life Center to send home weekend food bags with some of our students. If you would like more information on this program, please reach out to your school counselors.

S.T.E.P. Free Parenting Class

Parents! Create a more satisfying, productive relationship with your child through S.T.E.P.

What is S.T.E.P.?

S.T.E.P. is an acronym that stands for Systematic Training for Effective Parenting. It is a 10-week FREE* parenting workshop held twice a year in Fayette County schools and is available to all parents of Fayette County.

Attend S.T.E.P., a ten-week parenting workshop and learn:

  • How to better understand your child's behavior

  • How to help your child learn to be responsible for his/her behavior

  • How to listen and talk to your child

  • How to use discipline that makes sense

  • How to feel confident in your parenting approach

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