Friday, September 15, 2017

Financial Aid Night

All students and parents are invited to our 
FINANCIAL AID NIGHT
 on 
NOVEMBER 15 at 6PM 
at Sweetwater High. 

All grade level parents are welcome to come. 

If you cannot attend, below lists all of the financial aid workshops being offered in the SUHSD. 


NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK: Youth and Young Adults

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK is September 10–16, 2017

You can make a tremendous difference for yourself and those around you simply by being aware of the facts about suicide, learning how to shore up your mental health and resilience, making use of the suicide prevention resources available to you, and sharing them so more people know how to recognize the risks and warning signs of suicide, and can take action.

This week we will be sharing ways you can help yourself, friends, and family who need help.

What Help is Available for Youth and Young Adults?

It’s Up To Us – Website for Young Adults:
This website provides troubled youth with resources and offers tips on how to reach out to friends.

Impact Young Adults (IYA):
Impact Young Adults (IYA) is a group of young adults, ages 18-35, that are in recovery from mental illness. They have come together to change their experience from one of striving to one of thriving!

Reach Out:
This website is focused on providing tips and resources for youth to help them get through tough times or help a friend. Youth “who have been there and made it through” can share their personal stories or view those submitted by other youth. The site also features the “Reach Out” blog.

What a Difference A Friend Can Make:
This is a resource for young people living with mental health challenges and their friends. The resource defines mental illness and recovery; offers strategies for how to respond to a friend; dispels myths; and lists suggestions for supporting recovery.

Half of Us:
This website offers resources for college students to recognize problems, where to find help and how to offer help to a friend. A large number of viral videos share experiences, model how to recognize if a friend is having problems and how to offer help.

TeensHealth:
This website provides health information with different sections for kids, teens and parents. The TeensHealth section is an interactive site filled with games, animations, quizzes, fact sheets and many other resources. Topics include exercise and nutrition, depression, drugs and alcohol, sexual health, recipes, preparing for college, volunteering, finding a job and even tips for taking tests and studying.


California CareerZone:
This website offers great graphics, cool music and really useful information youth can’t seem to find anywhere else. For example: By taking the “Reality Check,” youth get to see how much they will need to earn to live their preferred lifestyle by “buying stuff for a month.” They get to make choices about the kind of housing, utilities, transportation, food, clothes, health care, entertainment, personal care items, etc. that they want to have. After making their choices, they find out how much they’ll need to make a year. Then with one click, they can find out what occupations match that annual salary. Additional features help youth hone in how they can get paid doing things they enjoy doing and the kinds of working conditions they want.

Youth Helpline Your Life Your Voice:
Phone: (800) 448-3000
Run by Boys Town National Hotline (for everyone).

TEEN LINE:
Phone: (800) 852-8336
A teen-to-teen hotline and community outreach program with over 10,000 teens contacting TEEN LINE each year by calling, texting or emailing. The line is open every night from 6-10 p.m. PST to help adolescents address their problems in a confidential, anonymous and comfortable manner.


The Directing Change Program & Film Contest:Offers young people the opportunity to create 60-second films about suicide prevention and mental health that are used to support awareness, education and advocacy efforts on these topics.

San Diego Youth Services:
This nonprofit organization offers services to at-risk youth and their families in the San Diego area. Services includes emergency services, safe places to live and long-term solutions for kids “on their own” by providing shelters, group homes, foster homes, community centers and transitional housing.

Kickstart:
Phone: (619) 481-3790
The clinical team at Kickstart provides confidential assessment and early assistance for young people, ages 10 to 25, in San Diego County who are at risk for a serious mental illness. Their team is available for educational training and presentations.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:


Fall 2017 Health & Wellness Groups




This Fall we have 3 Groups available to students to help with personal self-reflection and growth.  One includes information about all 3 groups and the other is specific to our Yoga, Meditation Group.

Want to join? Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/YkzEGT3zFqDE6Ctb2


Thursday, September 14, 2017

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK: Self Care

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK is September 10–16, 2017

You can make a tremendous difference for yourself and those around you simply by being aware of the facts about suicide, learning how to shore up your mental health and resilience, making use of the suicide prevention resources available to you, and sharing them so more people know how to recognize the risks and warning signs of suicide, and can take action.

This week we will be sharing ways you can help yourself, friends, and family who need help.


It’s important to show compassion for others, but how often do we treat ourselves with that same level of kindness?

10 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care
1. Eat healthily and mindfully.

Too often we eat our meals while multitasking, thus denying ourselves the pure experience of nourishing meal. Would you work on the computer when having dinner with a loved one? Treat yourself with that same level of respect, and allow yourself to indulge in a meal without any distractions.

2. Keep track of your accomplishments.

While there are great merits to a “to-do” list, we must also recognize the things we’ve done. At the end of the day, make a list (either mental or write it out) of the productive things you’ve done that day. Did you nurture a relationship? Do the laundry? Complete a work assignment? No matter how small, you deserve a pat on the back.
3. Express gratitude.

Just as it’s beneficial to keep track of what we’ve done, it’s also good to notice what we have. Keep a journal by your bed, and note the things that you feel lucky to have. Everything from clean sheets to a good friend is worth noting.

4. Gift your inner child.

What were some of your favorite things when you were little? Did you love sidewalk chalk, picking wildflowers, or eating marshmallows? Treat your inner child to a little present and allow the warm feelings to wash over you.

5. Create a cozy space.

Does your bedroom look they way you want it to? If it doesn’t, maybe add some candles or fun throw pillows. By building a space that feels warm and inviting, you establish an inviting retreat for when tough times arise.

6. Read a book.

Finding a book you love is a great way to feel happy. It feels wonderful to look forward to a good story, and the act of reading helps encourage a sense of peace. 

7. Move.

What people say about exercise and endorphins is true; getting active increases feelings of happiness. This doesn’t mean you need to hit the gym. Rather find a form of physical activity that works for you. Go dancing with your friends, enjoy a Saturday morning hike, or go on a bike ride.

8. Unplug.

Instagram and Facebook have some benefits, but does it really make you feel better to expose yourself to everyone’s online versions of themselves? Most often people only report on their success, and so it can be hard when you’re comparing your entire life to everyone’s highlight reels. Take the time to break away from social media, and allow yourself to focus on the beauty of the moment.

9. Create something.

Whether it’s a batch of brownies or a pastel drawing, getting artistic allows us to feel mindful and productive.

10. Build a self-care kit.

Fill a pretty basket with some of the things that make you feel special. It could be nail polish, gummy frogs, coconut lotion, treasured photos, or a new pair of socks. Place your pick-me-ups in a pretty basket, and keep it in your bedroom or bathroom for when you need an extra dose of love.

Remember, by being your best self you’re able to share those beautiful feelings with those around you. Search for the good, share your peace, and watch the positivity grow

Take from: https://wanderlust.com/journal/simple-ways-practice-self-care/

Applying to Highly Selective Colleges

Applying to Highly Selective Colleges 
featuring Columbia University 
at Lincoln High School on September 26. 
Registration opens at 6:00pm. 
Let's Dream Big!!!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK: Where to Get Help

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK is September 10–16, 2017

You can make a tremendous difference for yourself and those around you simply by being aware of the facts about suicide, learning how to shore up your mental health and resilience, making use of the suicide prevention resources available to you, and sharing them so more people know how to recognize the risks and warning signs of suicide, and can take action.

This week we will be sharing ways you can help yourself, friends, and family who need help.




MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:


Tuesday, September 12, 2017