The mission of the Tucker County High School Counseling Program is to provide a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive program where student success is a priority, personal and social needs are supported, and students have access to resources in preparing for their future. We will advocate for the success of students through a comprehensive program that addresses academics, personal/social realms, and aspirational goals for the future. We will provide a welcoming environment that promotes student well-being through collaborative efforts of the student, school, home, and community. We seek to meet the multicultural needs of each and every students and provide the tools needed for students to be successful.
Tucker County High School has built relationships in the community with various agencies to ensure the needs of our students are met including the Tucker County Family Resource Center and Family Resource Network, Centers Against Violence, and the Childrens Advocacy Center. If a student needs additional counseling services outside of the school setting, we will work with you to make a referral to one of the many agencies that service our students including Youth Health Services, The Tucker County Day Report Center, and St. George Medical Clinic.
Here you will find resources for a number of issues, problems, and topics you may need help working through. Additionally, you can visit the counselors office for services or use the contact tab to alert the counselor you need to meet with her.
Suicide Prevention. High School can be a very troubling experience for some students. During this time frame, students are trying to establish their identity while navigating the expectations of their education and society and trying to establish their independence. For some, this is too overwhelming. For others, life is not ideal and this can lead to negative thinking. Please know we are here to support you in any way possible. You are loved. You are wanted. You are need here in this time.
If you are considering suicide, please:
1. Ask for help. Reach out to a family member, a friend, or someone you trust. We are here to help you get through this.
2. Remember that this feeling can be overcome. While it may seem impossible at the moment, please know that whatever you are going through can be overcome with support from friends, family, and professional help.
3. Make a safety Plan. This will help you stay safe and guide you through this difficult time.
4. Evaluate your relationships & check-in. Love and friendship are all about respect. Toxic or unhealthy relationships can negatively affect you. Find that one person you trust and reach out.
You can help someone who is considering suicide. First, take your loved one seriously. Believe them and get help. Second, learn the warning signs for suicide so you know when a loved one is struggling. Third, listen with empathy and provide support. Sympathize and listen; be present and let them know you are there. Lastly, don't keep suicide a secret. Your loved one needs help and shouldn't have to face this alone.
10 Tips for Improving Your Self-Esteem
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Self Esteem. It's confidence in one's own worth or abilities and self-respect, but sometimes we don't always have it. We are critical of ourselves far too often. As it has been said many times before, we are our own worst enemies and harshest critics.
Check out this TED Talk video on ways to improve and build your self-esteem. Additionally, here are two available resources that can help you recognize your self-worth and improve self-esteem.
Healthy Relationships & Consent. Relationships all look different, but healthy relationships have common themes.
Speak up if something is bothering you
Respect each other
Respect each other's privacy
Set healthy boundaries
When it comes to sex, consent is everything.
Relationships exist on a spectrum.
Are you in a healthy relationhip?
Anxiety, Stress, & Worry. These three common emotions can leave us in a panic, feeling overwhelmed and unable to calm down. Fortunately, they are several coping mechanisms we can utilize to help up get through whatever we may be going through. Two methods I personally try to teach everyone everyone is guided meditation and grounding. Grounding utilizes the space around you to bring you back to base level. An example is below. Guided Meditation can be any length of time and helps you relax to work through your problem(s).
There are several apps and resources available for free that help navigate these emotions. Some can be downloaded while others can be viewed online.
Stop. Breathe. Think. App