ECSD Counseling

May 2015

In this newsletter you will find information on the upcoming ACT, Academic Awards night, and Graduation. You will also find a list of upcoming events and a counseling topic of the month. If you have any questions, please contact me at the contact information listed below.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 6th- K-12 Art Show (6-8) & Academic Awards Night @ 7pm

Friday, May 8th- MTV Wars, Blank Children's Hospital Walk, & Check Presentation

Friday, May 8th- Last day to sign up for June ACT without a fee

Wednesday, May 13th- Senior CPR training

Friday, May 15th- Beautification day for high school at 2:30

Wednesday, May 20th- Last day for seniors!

Wednesday, May 20th- Baccalaureate @ Methodist Church 7:00pm

Thursday, May 21st- Graduation rehearsal 9-11am

Sunday, May 24th- Graduation at 2:00

Monday, May 25th- Memorial Day- No school!

Monday, June 1st- Finals

Tuesday, June 2nd- Finals

Tuesday, June 2nd- Last day of school & middle school @ Adventureland!

Saturday, June 13th- ACT Test Date

Topic of the Month: Depression

Depression in Schools

It is estimated that 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by the age of 18. Of that 11%, two thirds of those adolescents do not seek the necessary treatment. It can be difficult to tell if a child is suffering from depression or just going through a "phase" of adolescence. Some symptoms of depression may include; feeling sick, not wanting to go to school, clinging to a parent or caregiver, excessive worrying, getting in trouble at school, drop in grades, being negative, substance use, etc.

Like all mental health disorders, depression seems to have a certain stigma attached to it that is hard to get rid of. In recent years, there has been a lot of media attention on the mental health world due to bullying, increasing suicide numbers, and mass shootings. It is unfortunate that it takes events such as those to get the attention that this topic needs, but we are moving in the right direction by educating people on these issues.

The best way of explaining dealing with depression is comparing it to a doctor visit. If you are sick and cannot get over the sickness, you go to the doctor. Mental health disorders should be handled in a similar manner. Like infections & sicknesses, we as humans are not always able to get over something without the assistance of someone else, so why do we not respond in that manner for mental health illnesses?

If you or someone that you know is struggling with depression, the best way to handle it is to tell someone that you trust. As a counselor, I have many resources available to me that can assist in getting students the help that they need. It is important to know that you are not alone in dealing with this.

More information can be found on this topic at