• Break Free From Depression
     
    Addressing Mental Health with Our Juniors
    A year from now, our juniors will be seniors, ready for graduation and facing many challenges as they grow into young adults. To help with this major transition 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 it. 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 junior class in the following ways:

    • Break Free from Depression Review Lesson 
    • Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression
     
     
  • Break Free from Depression Review Lesson 
    School counselors will ask juniors to complete a project that reviews key concepts from the Break Free from Depression Curriculum that was presented freshmen year during Career Enrichment classes. The Break Free from Depression Curriculum was designed by the Swensrud Depression Prevention Initiative, which is based out of the 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.
  • Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression
    Our school counselors are here to assist parents in watching for signs of depression and suicidal ideation in our students, as well as help students in accessing appropriate care when needed. To that end, the Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression (BSAD) will be administered to juniors at the end of the Break Free From Depression Review presentation. The purpose of the screening is not to diagnose; BSAD assesses for depression and suicide risk and identifies students that may need to be referred for further evaluation by a doctor or mental health professional.

    If you DO NOT want your child to take part in the screening, please fill out and electronically sign the opt-out form below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact School Counseling.

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