Mental Health Matters
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. Unfortunately, youth suicide is a serious problem. Suicide is the leading cause of death among school age youth. In 2015, approximately 18% of 9th to 12th graders seriously considered suicide with 9% having made an attempt one or more times.
However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide typically give warning signs of their distress. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret.
Please see the Preventing Youth Suicide (Spanish) information that contains tips for parents and educators in regards to suicide prevention and awareness. Additionally, Student Services staff members composed of School Counselors, School Nurses School Psychologists, and School Social Workers are available at school sites to assist students and families with any questions or concerns.
What is mental health?
Mental health is as important as physical health to our quality of life. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness, but also means having the skills necessary to cope with life’s challenges. If ignored, mental health problems can interfere with children’s learning, developments, relationships, and physical health. Some problems are more serious than others, but all children face challenges that can affect their learning and behavior.
All of us, from childhood through old age, sometime feel angry, sad, frustrated, worried and out of control. This is normal. Sometimes, a person’s thoughts, feelings and actions become too hard to control and interfere with how well we are able to handle the daily demands of school, home, activities and relationships. This could be a mental health concern.
What are the District's mental health objectives?
- Mental Health Awareness
- Climate & Culture of School Buildings
- Adherence of protocols for threat assessments
- Development of policies that enhance the whole child
- Mental Health Stigma
- Violent, Aggressive & Disruptive Behavior
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Student Services team at your child’s school. They are there to support you and your child with any mental health questions or concerns.
Resources provided to us by the Florida Department of Education that you can use when you talk to your child about warning signs to look out for in their peers, and help them feel comfortable talking about their thoughts and feelings.
The health and well-being of our students is a top priority.
Hillsborough County School Board Members continue their discussions with state lawmakers regarding security and mental health funding.Read More
MENTAL HEALTH TOUR
September 11, 5-6 pm, East Bay HS September 12, 5-6 pm, Armwood HS September 16, 5-6 pm, Wharton HS
October 23, 5:30-6:30 pm, Blake HS
October 30, 5:30-6:30 pm, Hillsborough HS
Director, Student Services
Holly Saia, Ed.S.
Supervisor, Clinical Care
Supervisor, Emotional Wellness
- American School Counselor Association
- Community Resources
- Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
- Inside Health Minds: Child Mental Health Awareness
- National Association of School Psychologists
- Employee Benefits
- National Association of Social Workers
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
As you know the mental health and well-being of our students is our top priority. Please see the short clip from Dr. Poland, Licensed Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Professor at the College of Psychology and Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office for suggestions on ideas for communicating with your children. - View video