You’re not alone

A wellness center is an establishment that offers health services for the body and mind. The reason we need wellness centers is because people are struggling with suicide (12th leading death), depression (depressive disorder), trauma (emotional response), and need a place for people to feel safe and comfortable. These topics are really sensitive to talk about, but people are struggling and going through it everyday. Some people are struggling through these issues because of bullying, loss of a loved one, high conflict/violent relationship, or isolation. Some people say that the reason for this is because of the Covid-19 pandemic but some say it’s more of a way to support teens.

Bar graph demonstrating the the rate of deaths due to suicide among young Americans. Source: Bloomberg.com

“The situation with COVID had a negative aspect on our students and some of them dwelled on it. However, we can also focus it as a good thing. One of my students was talking to me and mentioned that it was a COVID-19 blessing. Although people were isolated in their homes, they created a stronger and close relationship with their families,” Mrs. Rogers said.

Many high schools have a wellness center while others don’t and want to create one. Sierra High School has built a wellness center on their campus. It’s really beneficial to have a wellness center on their campus so students who are going through these situations can come in and talk to someone. We also have a wellness center here at SBHS. Mrs. Rogers runs the wellness center in U-1. 

“I just want the students to know that we have a place for them. Sometimes, we get hit with tough things in life and we don’t know what they’re going through. I think it’s really important that we all are part of the solution because it creates positivity and kindness to their hearts even if they’re going through these situations. Showing them that we are there for them makes them feel comfortable,” Rogers said.

Rogers mention that the community offered an hotline that will benefit teens who are going through suicide, depression trauma, etc.

“There is a hotline called ‘988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.’ It’s a crisis care system that provides direct, life-saving services right away rather than waiting for a caller to pick up,” Rogers said. “It also provides 24/7 free and confidential support and it helps thousands of people overcome crisis situations every day.”

A recent email sent by Harold Sullins, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Division to SBCUSD employees, stated the following: 

“Recently, members of our community including students have been advocating for Wellness Centers on our school campuses. SBCUSD is working to expand physical spaces on school campuses where students can access health and wellness services,” Sullins said.

While this work is underway, all schools, counselors, and nurses can help students to

  • Speak with a mental health therapist
  • Connect with a crisis counselor to cope with loss or trauma 
  • See a doctor or nurse for an illness, injury, or routine physical
  •  Access clothing, food or other personal necessities
  • Request a home visit to improve healthcare access for a family member

If you are struggling with anything other than suicide that is affecting your mental health and life, there are tips for when you’re going through these things:

  • Reach out to a friend, counselor, family member, teachers, etc 
  • Spend time with your love ones 
  • Meditation to relax and to calm your mind
  • Call the National Suicide Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK)   

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