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September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Some facts about suicide:
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US: 45,000 per year.
Suicide is second leading cause of death among children & young people ages 5-24.
Thoughts about suicide and suicide attempts are often associated with depression, but there can be other risk factors.

The good news:
Depression and suicidal feelings are treatable.
People often feel uncomfortable talking about suicide, but asking your child whether he or she feels sad or depressed or is thinking about suicide can be helpful. Rather than putting thoughts in your child’s head, these questions can provide assurance that somebody cares and will give your child a chance to talk about problems.
To follow up on our documentary screening of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect”, the “Columbia Protocol” or C-SSRS came up in the discussion afterwards. The C-SSRS is a short set of simple, direct questions to assess suicide risk in anybody.

California is also responding to the increase in suicide. Governor Brown just signed two bills that address the alarming recent increase in suicide in children, along with three others that aim to increase our kids’ safety and well-being. Read about them

Wellness Center

New to Acalanes this Fall!! Students can check out the new Wellness Center located behind the College and Career Center. It’s a great place to stop in and grab a cup of cocoa and decompress or take advantage of the expanding support services for students. Be on the lookout for Wellness Center events throughout the school year, and please check back here soon for more mental health & wellness information.

APC Hosts Monthly Parent Support Group

Tuesday, October 16, 7:30-9:00 pm
Acalanes Collaboration Center
 
This is an open, peer support group where parents gather to share common problems and experiences of parenting teens struggling with chronic high stress, anxiety, depression and/or eating disorders. Our hope is to connect people with others coping with similar challenges to share empathy and understanding of what they're going through and to share the insight that comes from first hand experience. Parents from all four district high schools are invited to attend. Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month with no December meeting.  The Collaboration Center room is located on Front Quad Administration office area. Contact Joanne (joannehernandez@outlook.com) or Holly (hollynolan@comcast.net) for more information.

AUHSD California Healthy Kids Survey 2017

Students who were in grades 9 & 11 in the Acalanes High School District in November of 2017 took this survey. The results may surprise you. 2017 Healthy Kids Survey Presentation (pdf)

Wellness Resources
Visit the Wellness Resources page for information on where to turn for help.

Wellness Committee

Kelsey Kobayashi
Sylvia Sheehan
Holly Nolan
Graham Wiseman
Mary Kuhn (also Parent Education Chair)

If you have any comments or suggestions, or would like to get involved, please contact us at: