Teen Mental Health & Wellness

Middle and High School Students

Welcome to the SMCPS Teen Hub for Mental Health and Wellness Resources!!

We add new content monthly, so keep coming back to see new things!

What is MENTAL HEALTH anyway?

It is our emotional and psychological well-being. It is how we understand and manage our emotions. Take a look around and explore below to learn a little more.

Every person has Mental Health just like every person has Physical Health. Both are important! Explore



Secondary Students: Feelings Exploration

YOUR Mental Health Matters!!

1 in 4 people will experience mental illness in their lifetime. It's important that we reduce the stigma and learn that we all have mental health and that we all need to take care of our mental well-being! Below are some helpful links and fun activities to help with your mental wellness! In addition, this entire site has numerous resources that you may find helpful for yourself, your friends, or your family.

Returning to normal activities following covid restrictions, many people feel excited!! However, many also feel overwhelmed and experience worries that just seem to not go away. Anxiety is a normal and healthy emotion that we all have. Sometimes, this worry is out of balance and we feel it to the point where it interferes with our life. It impacts our education, our relationships with friends/family, and can even contribute to medical issues due to an imbalance of stress hormones. Take some time to hear about recognizing stress, anxiety, and worry and then learn some strategies to manage them below.

Stress & Anxiety

What is Stress? What is Anxiety exactly? What's the difference? I thought they were the same thing?!?!

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness. It might cause you to sweat, feel restless and tense, and have a rapid heartbeat. It can be a normal reaction to stress. For example, you might feel anxious when faced with a difficult problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.” Anxiety may look like/feel like a stomachache, a headache, sweatiness, pounding or racing heart, feeling of difficulty breathing, nausea, trembling or shaking, etc. It's different for everyone.

Sometimes, feelings can be confusing and hard to control. This video helps explain how the body responds to stress and how anxiety develops


What do you do if you feel stressed out or anxious? Take a look below for some easy tips and strategies!

Now that we know what anxiety is and how it develops . . . What do we DO about it! How can we cope? How do we deal with these uncomfortable feelings?

What are some things you can do to manage your anxiety?? Try some of the things below:

Breathing exercises. Physical symptoms of anxiety include rapid, shallow breathing and hyperventilation


Going for a walk or doing light exercise. This can help to distract the mind and manage the physical symptoms of anxiety and stress.


Writing down worries.


Meditation and mindfulness.

Grounding


Fidgets, Drawing


coping-skills-anxiety.pdf



Try using the skills in the worksheet to the left! Does it help?

Another very common emotion that you may be feeling is sadness. Sadness is a natural emotion that we all feel sometimes. When sadness sticks around and becomes chronic, it may turn into something called Depression. Let's explore what Depression looks like and what to do about it if you or someone you know has it.

Depression Awareness and Support are vital. What is Depression? Take a look at this flyer and video for more information.

What is Depression.pdf

So, what can you do to help with sadness and depression? Take a look at the videos below and see if these tips help.


If you or your friend need help, tell a trusted friend or adult and tell them you need help. Talk to a School Counselor, School Psychologist, or School Social Worker. If you need crisis support there are some additional resources below:

Sometimes, depression can feel overwhelming and people can feel like harming themselves. Feeling suicidal is a medical concern that can be helped. Feeling suicidal needs immediate intervention and support by someone trained to help you.

If you or someone you know may be suicidal, reach out to your School Counselor, School Psychologist, or School Social Worker during school hours. If you need help after school hours tell an adult, call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or Text HOME to 741741. There IS someone here to HELP!

If there is an emergency, call 911.

You are not ALONE!!

The Brain and Mental Health

What does my brain have to do with it . . .



Sometimes, we lose our cool when our emotions get out of control. Watch this video to learn about "Flipping Your Lid"

When people experience emotions that are uncomfortable or difficult, it is important to use coping skills to help manage these strong emotions. Be cautious though . . . sometimes, coping skills can be unhealthy! Explore a little bit of this below:


Healthy vs. Unhealthy Coping Skills

When worry becomes too much or when we feel stressed or out of control, we use coping skills to feel better. Sometimes, these coping skills are unhealthy. Take a look at this "BE YOUR BEST YOU" video for what one unhealthy coping strategy looks like. Can you name other unhealthy coping skills?


Do you VAPE? Have people told you that you vape too much? Or, maybe you are just curious about what the science says. Our local Health Department has many informational resources about vaping. Find it HERE


Now that we understand unhealthy coping skills, take a look below for some healthier alternatives.

Breathing Techniques to Reduce Stress & Calm the Brain

Calming Room



Calming Strategy - Take a Break


Use this room to find what helps you relax!


Many people are dealing with mental health and wellness issues. There are many more areas of mental health to explore. We have developed a Mental Health Media Room if you would like to learn more about different mental health conditions that people can have. The videos are short and you may find the information helpful for you, your family, your friends, etc. Take a peek when you feel like learning!

Teen Mental Health Media Room


SMCPS School Health Council has put together a few resource links for students. Topics include - Suicide, Depression, Anxiety, Grief & Loss, ADHD, Autism, Bullying, and Substance Use. Click the link below or the picture to the left to access these resources.


SMCPS has also connected with Rosen Digital to provide students with up-to-date access to a website called Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers. This site offers numerous resources on various mental health & wellness topics that impact teens. Check out this incredible resource HERE!!!!

Sometimes, we realize that we or someone we know may need more support and resources to manage their struggles. Below are helpful tools to know when someone may need more help and you will also see some great things you can do to help support mental health concerns.

Take a look at this video for some common signs that indicate you may need to talk to someone to help you through difficulties. There is hope!

If you think you need help in managing your emotions, please reach out to your School Counselor, School Psychologist, or School Social Worker. There are also numerous community-based supports available too. Check them out below:

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention

This issue impacts everyone, not just teens. Parents, students, staff, and communities are all impacted. Together, we can raise awareness and provide support to our students and encourage healthy relationships. Check out the resources below for more information.

If you need help, please contact your School Counselor, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, or any adult you trust! You can also contact the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline.


Need a Tele-Health Provider? Check out this list from our local Health Department

Click here for SMCPS SafeSchools Alert Tip Reporting System. This system allows you to quickly, easily, and anonymously report safety concerns to school officials 24/7/365. Help us create a safer learning environment - to submit a tip, please choose a button to the right.

Call 911 in case of an emergency!