Counselor's Corner

by Mrs. O

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month



Dear McKinley Family,

As you may be aware, September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. During this time, survivors, allies, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.

Although your children may be young, now it is the best time to become educated on suicide prevention; to consider their mental health and wellness; and to build a strong foundation, open communication, and trust. Additionally, being educated in this sensitive area may afford you the knowledge to help an older child, relative, friend, or even yourself.

Although this may seem like a heavy subject to address at the beginning of the school year, losing one precious life to the act of suicide is one too many. With the ongoing stress of the pandemic (known as Pandemic Fatigue) many persons are experiencing anxiety, depression, and suicide ideation. As a community it is important that we stay connected and vigilant.

Please peruse the following resources and feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions:

Warmly and respectfully yours,

Mrs. Ormachea (Mrs. O)

Know the Signs, Find the Words, Reach Out

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GUSD Counseling Team: Contacts and Information

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Care Solace- Secure Online Mental Health Resource for GUSD Families and Staff

The Gridley Unified School District fosters a culture that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of students, and parents. In an effort to continuously support this commitment, the District has approved an agreement with Care Solace.

Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24X7 concierge line meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health related programs and counseling services. To use Care Solace, individuals answer ten basic questions in order to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and those that have no insurance. The system also filters by age, gender, zip code and special request.

Care Solace is now available for use by Gridley students and families at no cost. Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way. Care Solace does not require a user’s name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All of the information that is entered in on their platform is completely confidential and stored securely.

If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting or clicking the link to begin.