Counseling & PBSES Newsletter
~Kailey & Alex
Resources for Families
Swedish School Based Health Counselors
Coal Creek YMCA LEAP Program
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Emergency Schools Meal Program
Keeping Your Family Emotionally Healthy
September is Suicide Prevention Month. The University of Washington's Forefront Suicide Prevention created these steps to keep your family emotionally healthy during these times.
1. Check in with your children every day • Checking in with your child for even 15 minutes every day will do wonders for your relationship with them and will let them know you’re there for them. • Listen carefully to them.
2. Seek support • If your child’s level of isolation or other behaviors concern you, call your school counselor and/or doctor to discuss mental health support. • If you have concerns about possible suicide risk, go to LEARN by Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington.
3. Put these crisis lines in your phone
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 –- or text ‘Heal’ to 741741.24/7
• WASHINGTON LISTENS:1-833-681-0211 Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sat-Sun 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. For COVID-19 related stresses.
4. Lock up medications • Secure ALL medications in a lock box or home safe—including over-the-counter medications and anything beyond a one-week supply. This can help prevent overdoses and suicides.
5. If you own firearms • If your family owns firearms, make sure your children do not have unauthorized, unsupervised access to them. Be aware: kids often know where the keys are hidden. • Lock your firearms in a safe or lockbox. Use a fast-access lock for home defense firearms.