TSD Wellness SupportS

This space is for you to find someone to connect to, get resources for what you need, and see all counseling and wellness needs in one place.

If you are in crisis

24 hours a day at 866-427-4747 or 988 (Suicide and Crisis Lifeline)

Teen Link

https://www.crisisconnections.org/teen-link/ - 866-833-6546

If you are a student in need of anonymous support, Teen Link is open from 2-10 M-F, 6-10 Sat/Sun. No problem too big or small!

Tahoma Wellness Goal

A resilient community of students, staff, and families that value and take ownership of their own wellness and that of others. We intentionally foster student success through curriculum, relationships, activities in our schools, and partnerships within our community.

Healthy. Strong. well. Tahoma.


Events

22-23 Events

  • Out of the Darkness Event with Kevin Hines! Reg Here!

Join us at the THS Main Gym on Nov. 1st at 6:30pm for an incredible event! Kevin talks about his journey of hope and recovery after an attempt off the Golden Gate Bridge. Event appropriate for 6-12, 6-8 accompanied by a guardian. All welcome! Staff, students, families, and community members

  • Upcoming Social Media Safety Night 9/28/22

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6:30–8 p.m. for a Social Media Safety Night at the THS Performing Art Center! This presentation is also appropriate for late elementary school through high school aged students. The presentation will be given by Robert Hackenson Jr. from Dynamic Influence. Register at bit.ly/tsdsocial

  • Out of the Darkness Walk with Team Tahoma 10/9/22

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month and Tahoma is uniting to support those who have been impacted by suicide. Be a part of our first ever Team Tahoma at the Seattle Out of the Darkness Community Walk! The walk will be held at the Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion on Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. To join the team, donate or find out more information, go to: https://supporting.afsp.org/team/302249

  • Kevin Hines is coming back to Maple Valley! 11/1/22

Kevin Hines is back to share his story of recovery, resilience, and hope after a suicide attempt off the Golden Gate Bridge. Whether you've struggled, you know someone who has struggled, or you're a passionate advocate in the issue, we are teaming together in Maple Valley to show support for suicide awareness. Check out his website at kevinhinesstory.com. Registration coming soon!


21-22 Events

  • March, 22nd Free Community Event: Substance Abuse Awareness: This community event will dive into the importance of educating families and community members on the impact of drugs and alcohol and ways that they can help. Audience members will learn about the 40 developmental assets and how to use these protective factors in their families.

Parent Registration - 5-6pm @ THS Gym

Student Registration - Power Hour Presentation

  • Nov. 20th Free In-Person Out of the Darkness: Suicide Awareness Event: Hello! We hope you'll join Tahoma High School's Student Advocates for Mental Health and Addiction (SAMHA) Club in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on November 20th from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Performing Arts Center at Tahoma High School. Whether you've struggled, you know someone who has struggled, or you're a passionate advocate in the issue, we hope to see show support for suicide awareness. The event will include an enlightening conversation with Kevin Hines! He is a well known speaker that explains his experience with suicide and mental health struggles. We will also have a performance from a talented Tahoma High School singer, and free donuts and coffee. Register Here

  • Oct. 21st Free Community Viewing of "Like" with panel:

LIKE is a film-based education program exploring the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire us to self-regulate. Social media is a tool and social platforms are a place to connect, share, and care … but is that what's really happening? We will be showing the film and including access to further resources and materials. Learn more at https://www.thelikemovie.com/. Register at bit.ly/TahomaLikeEvent

  • Oct. 8th Maple Valley Rotary Virtual Silent and Live Auction: Stress and challenges have inundated us over the last 18 months, and as our kids move back to the classroom it’s crucial we not ignore the pandemic’s impact on their mental health. That’s why Maple Valley Rotary is dedicating its 2021 auction fund-a-need to help fund a Mental Health First Aid program for our youth.

  • Sept. 23rd NAMI Ending the Silence Community Virtual Presentation: On September 23rd, from 6:30-7:30pm, the Tahoma community is invited to the NAMI Ending the Silence virtual presentation. This is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Teen opioid use

We wanted to inform parents about a recent increase in overdoses in King County driven largely by fentanyl found in illicit pills and powders. Here is information from Public Health so you are aware of the danger and have information to discuss with your student:

What is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid used medially for severe pain and during surgery. It is a prescription drug and is 50-100 times stronger than morphine that is highly addictive. In King County, fentanyl is most commonly seen in blue, greenish, or pale colored counterfeit pills. There may be other colors. These pills may be marked as “M30” and sometimes as “K9,” “215,” and “v48.” Fentanyl may also be in white powders.

Common signs of overdose or excessive opioid use:

  • Won’t wake up or it’s difficult to awaken them

  • Have slow or no breathing

  • Have pale, ashy, cool skin

  • Have blue lips or fingernails

  • Abnormal snoring pattern (e.g., unusually loud)

  • Extreme drowsiness

What to do if you witness an overdose:

  • If you witness an overdose, call 9-1-1 right away. Washington State’s Good Samaritan law will protect you and the person who is overdosing from drug possession charges.

  • Give naloxone (Narcan), a nasal spray that counteracts the life-threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Find out where you can get Narcan at stopoverdose.org.

  • If you think someone is overdosing, do not them fall back asleep.

If you are worried about a teen and the potential use of opioids, here are some resources:

Treatment works

Many different treatment options are available across King County, including medications to treat opioid use disorder. Visit the Washington Recovery Help Line www.WArecoveryhelpline.org or call 1-866-789-7511.

Opioid Prevention and Response - King County

Don't Hang on to Meds - King County

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Help for Difficult Times

Grief and Loss

Self Care

Social Emotional Skills

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Eating Disorder Supports

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Gun Safety

Start with the heart

This school year is like no other. All of us have endured so much more than anyone could have anticipated. Yet, here we are! We are strong, Tahoma! In order to start this year right, we are beginning with a “Start with the Heart” mindset from our superintendent, Mike Hanson. Start with the Heart is filtering throughout all staff, students, and families in Tahoma. Our goal this fall is to ensure that each student knows how much they are worth, they are cared for through relationships, and how to receive support if needed. As always, we are dedicated to excellent academics. However, the wellness of our students is critical, so they are in a place to receive the learning that our teachers are working so hard to provide. We can do this! Tahoma Together, we can do virtually anything.




Choose Hope movement

A smile, a kind word, a selfless act...let’s show our community how we are spreading the message that Kindness Connects and we are each here on and for a purpose everyday!




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