MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Be True Be You-A Mental Health Guide for LGBTQ+ Youth www.eachmindmatters.org
It's Up to Us San Diego - 1-800-724-7240 - up2sd.org
OK 2 talk - www.ok2talk.org
National Alliance on Mental Illness - www.nami.org
National Institute of Mental Health - https://www.nimh.nih.gov
Suicide Prevention Resource Center - www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Know the warning signs
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
To be connected to services and programs through Chula Vista Collaborative, please click HERE
TRANSITIONING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL
Middle School can be a very difficult time for students. Counselors are here to assist with this time of transition. Students are changing from having one teacher in elementary to balancing the demands of six different teachers. In addition, emotions may be heightened due to the hormonal changes associated with puberty. Adolescence is also a time when students strive for more independence and place higher value on peer relationships. It is important to maintain open communication and get to know your child’s friends. Students are welcome to come and speak with their counselor regarding personal issues. Counselors will maintain confidentiality unless the student states one of the following: they are going to or have hurt themselves, someone is hurting them, or they are planning to hurt someone. Depending on the issue, a counselor may refer a student to outside therapy, when needed. In meeting with students, our focus is to foster the development of our students by encouraging them to:
- take responsibility for their actions
- develop problem-solving and decision-making skills
- self advocacy
- goal setting
- making positive choices
- develop awareness of post secondary options including career exploration
- learning to balance academics with social and extracurricular responsibilities
- foster a positive attitude towards self and others
- learning respect and tolerance
- manage anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns in the school setting
Parent Toolkit a great resource for any parent. It has a variety of articles and videos on a number of issues. Also available in Spanish.
Scholastic parent and Child has various guides for parents including academics/curricular as well as social emotional issues.
Bullying occurs when one child or a group of children repeatedly hurts another child through words or actions. Behaviors may involve physical aggression- such as hitting and shoving, and verbal aggression – such as name calling, teasing and threatening. Bullying may also be more subtle, such as ignoring targeted individuals, deliberating excluding others from a group, telling lies and spreading rumors. Bullying involves an imbalance of power and it is difficult for the bullied student to defend himself or herself.
- Report any incidents of bullying whether you are a victim or a witness.
- Be a friend to someone who is being bullied.
- ·Talk frequently with your child about problems associated with bullying and report incidents immediately to the school.
- Be alert to any changes in behavior or attitude.
- Eliminate bullying acts at home.
- Continue checking with your child to see how things are going.
- We will not bully others.
- We will help students who are bullied.
- We will make it a point to include students who are left out.
- When we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at home.
For teens, social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat are popular online hangouts because these sites makes it easy for them to express themselves and keep in touch with their friends. As a parent, please consider the following guidelines to help your children make safe decisions about using online communities.
- Talk to your kids about why they use these sites, how they communicate with others and how they represent themselves.
- These sites are public space. Students shouldn’t post anything they wouldn’t want the world to know (e.g., phone numbers, address, or specific whereabouts).
- People aren’t always who they say they are. Ask your children to be careful about adding strangers to their friends list.
- Harassment, hate speech and inappropriate content should be reported.
- Setting a profile to private does NOT guarantee your privacy.
- Keep the computer in a central room in your home.
- If your child is cyber bullied, save the evidence and report it to school officials.
- Always make sure the website you are going to is secure before entering personal info.
- Do not respond to emails that request personal info
- Limit /Monitor your child’s social media accounts, many or anonymous the stage for cyber bullying.