Valiant Vipers

Support for Social, Emotional, Mental, and Physical Health

Mental Health Resources

Signs that you or a friend may be struggling:

    1. Unexpected changes in mood, personality, and energy
    2. Difficulty concentrating or coping
    3. Social isolation
    4. Extreme changes in eating and/or sleeping
    5. Lack of emotion or emotional outbursts
    6. Unusual behavior or speech
    7. Feelings of worthlessness or suicidal thoughts
    8. Extreme anxiety
    9. Drug and alcohol abuse

Hotlines/ Textlines

*National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

*Teen Line: 1-800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336) or text “TEEN” to 839863 (8pm-11:30pm every night)

Amare Outreach

Amare Outreach is a 501(c)3, student-led, non-profit organization that advocates for survivors of abuse and mental illness. Their mission is carried out in two ways: by providing an online platform for survivors to anonymously share their personal stories - our website; and by traveling to schools, churches and other organizations to host speaking events.

Check out their message here!


Stress Management

Stress is pressure or tension that a person is experiencing. A certain amount of stress in life is normal and healthy i.e. excitement, hitting a deadline

Constant Stress however, is damaging to your health. Please speak to an adult if you are concerned about your current stress or that of a friend!

Signs of constant stress:

  • Easily agitated
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling bad about yourself, lonely, or depressed
  • Low energy
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness and shaking
  • Headaches

** Please note: Symptoms can vary between people


Stress Management is key to feeling healthy and being productive academically and socially.

Here are some things to consider in order to reduce stress:

  1. Breathe!
  2. Manage your time
  3. Connect with others
  4. Talk about it
  5. Take a "time out" to find your happy place
  6. Get Active!
  7. Take care of yourself: eat right, get some sleep, go out in the sunshine
  8. Acknowledge when you've hit your limit

Resources:

Stress Management Cheat Sheet (from the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center)

Study Skills

Tips for Academic Success:

  1. Attend tutorials: check with your teacher first to see when he or she offers these, then sign up! Teachers usually have tutorials before school or during Pit. Sign up in the PIT portal or email your teacher to let them know you are coming. This not only helps your teacher plan, but also holds you accountable.
  2. Form a study group: Get a group of friends who are also taking the same course and study together. Sometimes it helps you to understand a concept better when you explain it to someone else. PIT is a great time for this. Simply ask other students in your PIT class as long as it’s ok with your teacher.
  3. Stay organized: Use a planning device of some sort. It can be a planner that you write it, an app, pictures you take of assignments with your phone, etc. You just need something that will help aid in helping you remember all that goes on in your day so you don’t forget the test or homework assignment that is coming up! Plan ahead so you are not up cramming the night before!
  4. Speak with your teacher: Your teachers are here to help you. Talk to them if you are concerned about a concept, a test, project, etc.
  5. Seek out more help if needed: Some subjects are more difficult than others to grasp. Many of your teachers can give you resources to access to aid in your understanding like using the online textbook or teacher website. Leander ISD endorses tutors from More than A Teacher who can personalize a tutoring schedule for you when you are stuck on a certain subject. There are other organizations out there as well that may be worth checking into.
  6. Get involved: Students who are involved tend to balance their time and find personal confidence and gain peer support in their academics

Study Skill Resources:

A Practical Guide to Study Skills by A. Himsel

The 70 Best Apps for Teachers and Students