September means a new school year and a fresh start. Many of you are returning from a relaxing summer break, and many more of you are coming to CalPac as brand new students. This is an exciting time and there is lots to look forward to with the school year ahead.Take a deep breath, set goals, and focus on what is important to your success.
September is also National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This topic can sometimes be difficult to talk about but we feel it is important to share resources to support our students and shed light on an area that impacts so many. CalPac is using this month to raise awareness about suicidal ideation and ensure that students and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. Please review the resources and information below.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. They encourage everyone to promote suicide prevention awareness through their campaign #BeThe1To. Learn more here and look for their logo in staff signatures.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers support to those having suicidal thoughts and resources for families dealing with suicidal crises. They also provide a hotline with phone and text options, M-F 7am-3pm.
- Informational Resources:
- Know the Warning Signs and Risk of Suicide
- Preventing Suicide as a Family Member or Caregiver
- Crisis Resources:
- If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
- If you are in crisis or experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
- If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
CalPac is committed to more than just the academic success of students. We care about the whole student and want you to know that you are supported emotionally as well as academically here. So as you settle back into the school work routine also remember the importance of self care and your emotional well being. Make sure to practice good habits like giving yourself a break from the screen, stretching and moving around, and eating regular and balanced meals. Give yourself the space and time to reflect on how you are feeling and any stressors that may be making you anxious or overwhelmed. These are normal reactions, especially as you juggle school, life, and other personal commitments. Don’t feel like you have to hide behind your computer screen and if there is something bothering you feel free to reach out to your homeroom teacher, counselor (Last Name A-L, Mrs. Nguyen - [email protected] / (949) 748-1013 | Last Name M-Z, Mrs. Byus - [email protected] / (949) 340-2128), or use any of the resources above. Remember CalPac cares and you are not alone!