Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month!
Helping students adopt and maintain healthy behaviors is at the core of our school counseling program at WRHS. To have healthy behaviors students must first start with education and awareness.
The devastating school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX is an incomprehensible event that may leave us with collective feelings of shock, anger, immense sadness, and fear.
It is our hope that students feel safe and protected here at WRHS through our many security mechanisms, such as locked doors while school is in session, a strict visitor sign-in/sign-out protocol, and certainly, the presence of our School Resource Officer, Dan Contois, on campus each and every day.
It can be very difficult to navigate the range of emotions that may be stirred up by this event, some of which may be unexpected. We encourage you to lean on a trusted person in your life, such as your school counselor, school psychologist, school adjustment counselor, parent/guardian, administrator, teacher or other supportive adult during this challenging time.
Below are some things to consider as you work to take care of yourselves as we move forward.
-Be patient with yourself. You may be feeling a wide range of emotions that seem impossible to control. It is okay to need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and process how you’re feeling. This will look different for everyone; feelings are personal and people don’t always process things the same.
-Talk to someone. Whether it be a parent/guardian, your school counselor, a teacher, a friend, a coach…it is important to be patient with yourself and find comfort in knowing that others are there to help you work through this. Please do not hesitate to come and see your school counselor if you need to take a break, catch your breath, and/or if you wish to process this unspeakable tragedy.
-Limit Media Exposure. It is difficult to control information that is shared through the media. Some things that are consumed may be confusing, upsetting, and cause feelings of great anxiety. Be mindful of what you are allowing yourself to be exposed to.
Maintain a normal routine. While it seems strange to think of this, or maybe even a bit selfish, it is important to keep to your regular schedule when you can and ensure that you are eating enough, staying hydrated, and sleeping enough. Of course, you should take a break when needed, but your mental health is linked to your physical health and you can’t pour from an empty cup.
Engage in a creative outlet. Whether it be exercising, finding a calming activity such as mindfulness exercises or coloring, listening to music, taking a walk, making lists, or trying word puzzles; it may help to take a “brain break.”
With all this said, you know you best, and our hope is that you please reach out when you are in need. We are here to help in any way that we can. We will get through this together.
Riverside Trauma Center
A traumatic event is when you experience the threat of death or serious injury to yourself or others. Trauma can result from an incident such as an overdose or accident, or from repeated acts such as violence or abuse. Reactions vary widely, but can include extreme fear, shock, helplessness, and physical symptoms – all of which can significantly impact the health of individuals.
That's why it's important not only to support people, but also to create supportive environments that ensure individuals feel safe.
These following resources have been provided by MindWise's Trauma Center experts after decades of experience responding to and supporting communities after traumatic events. Please click on the handouts posted below, or access them directly here: https://learn.mindwise.org/bh-beat#trauma