Mental Health Tip for the Week:This week's mental health tip is all about self-determination. Often, when a young person or someone close to us is in distress, it can cause us distress because we are not sure how to help them. Instead of feeling stuck in that desperate feeling of wanting to 'fix it' or spinning your wheels with suggestions, try this instead:Simply ask; What do you think would help you most right now? 1) to talk about it, 2) have a distraction, or 3) take some space for yourself?This provides them with a sense of support and total respect for where they are; it also helps them frame out what they need, because often we can't identify what we need when our brains are stressed. It's also a great strategy to use for yourself when you feel a little overwhelmed with a situation; ask yourself what you need most at that moment....to talk about it, have a distraction, or take some space.- This week's MHT was brought to you by Regina Whittington, Social Emotional Behavior Specialist for RSD.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number Changes to ‘988’
As of July 16, 2022, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has switched to a three-digit number: 988.
In 2020 Congress passed legislation – “The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act” – that provided for changing the accessibility of the national mental health crisis and suicide prevention hotline from its previous 10-digit number (1-800-273-8255), to just three digits: 988. This is in line with other crisis support, such as 911, 211 or other helplines. Through this new system, the hope is that more individuals will have access to appropriate crisis stabilization and mental health support.
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Hazel Heart Teletherapy
As part of continuing efforts to provide services that support student wellness, Rockwood has expanded its partnership with Hazel Heart to offer free behavioral teletherapy for students. Use the link to view the flyer and get started: Hazel Teletherapy
Resources for Student Safety
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (988)
Crisis Text Line (741741)
BHR Help Line (314-469-6644)
Youth in Need - St. Louis City Help Line (636-946-3771)
Youth in Need - St. Louis County Help Line (314-628-2929)
SQSH - St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline - Friday - Monday 1pm - 7pm CT (314-380-7774)
Parent and Student Resources
Join CHADS ALL IN CONVERSATION monthly on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 6pm.
April 4th, 2023: Child Abuse Awareness Month