Conversations will not be cancelled.
Relationships will not be cancelled.
Love will not be cancelled.
Songs will not be cancelled.
Reading will not be cancelled.
Self-care will not be cancelled.
Hope will not be cancelled.
May we lean into the good stuff that remains.
—To Write Love on Her Arms
In this time of great uncertainty, God is calling us to practice Patient Trust that He is our healer. https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/prayer-of-theilhard-de-chardin/
Here is my reminder to you again that mental health is just as important as your physical health. Take care of where you focus your thoughts. What you focus on grows. You have the opportunity to grow communication with your family members, including calling a grandparent you possibly have not connected due to being “too busy.” You have the opportunity to grow writing, art, music, dance and maybe a new hobby you’ve been wanting to try. You have the opportunity to grow more sleep and slowness. You have the opportunity to grow your friendships in other ways than meeting in person.
It is okay not to be okay. It is also okay to feel a combination of feelings at the same time: for example, scared and grateful or angry and relieved. That can feel confusing. Yet, feeling opposite emotions at the same time is feeling human. I am feeling these things as your Wellness Counselor. You are not alone.
While school and nationwide events may be on pause, people are still available and CARING. No one can cancel love. We are all in this together. Please continue to reach out to a trusted adult if you need assistance. Your counselor, teachers, coaches, moderators, administrators are all available and can be contacted when you need us.
Below you will find hotlines and text numbers to assist you or a friend in case of emergency. Additionally, here is a reminder of the links on our Wellness Portal for teen mental health support. Here are strategies to combat distress during this time. Please check it out.
Hotline and Text Resources
24hr National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number: 1-800-273-8255
National Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 (a caring professional will text you back immediately)
Websites for Mental Health Resources
- 24hr National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- I’m Listening.org: http://imlistening.org
- To Write Love On Her Arms: https://twloha.com/
- Trevor Project: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
- WEAVE: https://www.weaveinc.org
The Calm App has created a free resource page for breathing techniques and meditations. If you have never tried these relaxation skills here is an opportunity to check it out. Check out the Calm relaxation skills.