Health and wellness (physical and mental) are important factors in students' ability to learn. Mental health is something we all have; it exists on a continuum. Ideally, we function from a place of wellness most of the time. The reality is that we all feel unwell on occasion. Perhaps we get a cold or maybe we have a more chronic physical condition that impacts our health but doesn't limit or define us (ex. allergies). Unfortunately, not all bouts of illness can be measured with a thermometer or lab test. Sometimes we need support for our mental or emotional health. It's okay to ask for help when we don't feel well (physically, emotionally, socially), and we can feel better with proper interventions and supports.
Perquimans County Schools has developed this webpage to provide resources and information to students and families seeking help related to mental health and wellness. If you have ideas or resources you would like to share, please see your school counselor or email Kimberly Parker.
Are you in crisis?
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please immediately reach out to a caring adult for support. Friends are great supporters, but they may not have the resources or training to assist in a crisis. If you are in school, go to the Guidance Office or talk with a trusted teacher, coach, administrator or support staff member (bring a friend for support if you are afraid). If you are not in school, here are some options to consider (list below). The most important thing is that you reach out for help. The person you initially contact may be your bridge to other resources that can change things for the better.
Caring adults who can assist you with connecting to help AT school:
School Social Worker
District Mental Health Counselor
Support Staff* (office staff, custodians, etc.)
*These staff members cannot provide mental health services, but they are wonderful, caring people who can help you connect with the appropriate staff.
Caring adults who may be able to help you OUTSIDE of school:
Parents or other Family Members
Friend's Mom or Dad
Physician or Medical Professional
Clergy or Youth Leaders
Call a Hotline
Mental Health Awareness Week
Ideally mental health awarness routinely occurs as we interract with each other and show sensitivity, compassion and kindness -- especially during life's more difficult seasons. Sometimes reminders are helpful. Mental Health Awarness Week is the week of October 4 - 10, 2020.
Mental Health Minute
Take a minute to learn more about common mental health and other challenges that can impact learning. Visit this location often, as more resources will be added.
1-Minute Mindfulness Exercises: To help you stay grounded in times of stress.