Events in and around our area.
OHA Mental Health Resources for Students and Families
September 20, 2022 @ 8:00 am - January 1, 2024 @ 5:00 pm
To help students stay healthy and to support educational staff, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) are introducing several cooperative programs. One initiative is called the Care and Connection campaign, which offers tools and resources for back-to-school transitions.
Resources for students:
- ODE has a variety of mental health and well-being resources for students, including the Strengthening Mental Health in Education Initiative.
- Another program is Youth Era’s Uplift program, which gives students a chance to come together in an interactive, lively environment for mutual sharing and support.
- YouthLine is a phone line and text support line for youth wanting peer support. Trained youth are available to respond from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, PDT. Call 1-877-968-8491 or text “teen2teen” to 839863
Resources for families:
- The new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24/7 for behavioral health emergencies.
- Parent and Family Alliance offers tips on “Reentry Anxiety” geared toward students who are grappling with the inconsistency and disruption of social and school life during the pandemic, as well as other topics of concern, such as bullying.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers back-to-school resources for talking to your children about COVID-19, and peer support groups for sharing with other parents in a safe and supportive environment.
- Reach Out Oregon is funded by OHA as part of Oregon Family Support Network, and includes a warm line at 833-732-2467, a chat room for any family member needing support and a weekly virtual support group.
- Oregon launched the Safe + Strong Helpline and website at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Safe + Strong Helpline, 1-800-923- HELP (4357), is available 24/7.
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