Addressing Depression & Suicide with Our SophomoresOne year under their belts may give our sophomores a different perspective from their freshmen year, but they will surely continue to be excited and challenged by the many changes and opportunities coming their way. To help them navigate more focused and rigorous academic and vocational studies, we’re offering them the tools and techniques to cope with emotional and developmental issues. We believe the more our students feel comfortable talking about the emotional and psychological challenges they are facing, the more we can help them normalize them. Therefore, creating awareness and having an open dialogue surrounding our students' social and emotional needs is an important part of our programming.
We will address depression and suicide with the sophomore class in the following way:
• Break Free From Depression Review Lesson with an emphasis on coping skills
Break Free from Depression Review Lesson
School counselors review key concepts from the Break Free from Depression Curriculum that was presented freshmen year, including an emphasis on coping skills, in their assigned vocational areas. The Break Free from Depression Curriculum was designed by the Swensrud Depression Prevention Initiative, which is based out of Boston Children’s Hospital. This program is a preventive intervention designed to educate and support adolescents in the face of emotional and psychological challenges. This universal psychoeducation and skill-building curriculum is a tool for students to use so that things do not escalate to the point of needing treatment.
Students will receive an assistance request card that will be collected at the end of the class. These cards will indicate whether students would like a school counselor to schedule a meeting with them regarding their emotional wellbeing or if they feel they do not need an appointment with a school counselor at this time.
Tuesday, October 19th
Break Free from Depression
Coming This Spring
Stress and Anxiety Presentation