New students, emails, phone calls, meetings, teachers, schedule changes, oh my! We were hard at work this week ensuring everyone has a great school year. Ms. Mackin, Mrs. Spence, Dr. Baldridge, and I all worked overtime every day this week trying to get everything accomplished. If we have not yet responded to your voicemail or email, we will! Our amazing office staff even worked on Saturday! Today’s post will be about a new mentor program coming to CBHS and about suicide prevention.
This summer I teamed up with Evan Ernst, executive director of Who We Play For, and Cocoa Beach alum, to create a mentor program for current students. Evan came up with this idea when he realized there are many successful CBHS graduates who would love to share their stories and inspire the next generation. The program will be made up of alumni from all areas, like: high-ranking military officers, doctors, business owners, and welders, to share their journey to success. Current students can listen to, or read, the stories/biographies and reach out to the alumni. Some of the alumni will also come to CBHS and give speeches to the student body. We are currently gathering alumni to be apart of this program. If you, or someone you know, is a successful CBHS alumni, please complete this informational link: https://forms.gle/V3qUppxateLHFomc6
Our primary job as school counselors is to make sure all students are safe. See or hear something, say something! Suicide is 100% preventable. We will get you the help and resources that you need. If you are concerned about a friend, let a counselor know. You can save a life. Parents, teachers, students: if a student says something related to suicide, do not leave them alone, talk with them, and get them to a school counselor as quickly as possible. Any of the counselors would be more than happy to help. Here are additional resources for when a crisis comes up outside of school hours:
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is an amazing tool that is available 24/7 and they even have a chat feature available as well! The phone number is: 1-800-273-8255, and the link to the chat is: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/. Police officers can also do what is called a “wellness check” if you are concerned about someone.