Wellness Information For Parents

Received a fantastic email from Lakewood High School and their promotion of wellness week for students. It is filled with so many pieces of good information that we’re sharing it here so everyone can benefit and share with their friends! Now please share this content everywhere! Support Jeffco Kids together!

The links you should visit from the email below:

https://www.cpr.org/2019/10/24/colorado-teens-say-school-stress-phones-social-pressure-are-behind-growing-mental-health-issues/

Teen Stress: What Parents Need to Know

https://sourcesofstrength.org/

https://qprinstitute.com/about-qpr

 

“Colorado has seen the highest increase in teen suicide in the nation, and about a third of Colorado youth report feeling sad or hopeless.  Colorado Public Radio’s series, Teens Under Stress, examines the pressure adolescents are under and what can be done about it.  We recommend taking some time to listen to the series and have a conversation with your student about their perspective on teen stress and discuss healthy coping skills.  Here is a great resource for how parents can support their teens.”

“On a local level, Lakewood High School’s second annual Wellness Week is scheduled for November 4 – 8.  The goal is to support the mental, physical, and emotional health of students and staff.  We will be on a Keystone schedule for Wellness Week, with all of the in-class Wellness Week activities happening during Keystone.  There will be a resource fair running all week during both lunches.  Thursday night at 5:30pm the Jeffco Department of Health will be here to present on teen vaping and drug use.  The full Wellness Week schedule is attached for your review.”

“Wellness Week is just one part of a system that LHS has in place to support our teens.  Our seven School Counselors support the academic, personal/social, and career goals of all students.  Our two Mental Health Providers support a targeted group of students with social emotional guidance.  Sources of Strength uses peer leaders to enhance protective factors associated with reducing suicide.  Staff are trained in the Question Persuade Refer (QPR) model for recognizing crisis and the warning signs of suicide.  Teachers utilize Trauma-Informed teaching strategies to foster a feeling of safety for all students.”     

“We know that we cannot cure teen stress, but we hope that through these activities, we start the conversation around healthy behaviors and positive coping skills.  We (the students, parents, and LHS staff) must work together to address the needs of our teens.  Please contact your student’s school counselor if you have any questions or concerns.”