Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources
A Message from Riverview's Nursing Team
This time of year can be difficult and this year feels especially challenging. Mental health and wellbeing is a vital part of our lives and the Riverview School District's Nursing Team wants to share several resources from Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) and the Washington State Department of Health. The resources below are provided to help you and your family find and utilize support, as needed, during these challenging times.
Suicide Prevention Resources
With the recent release of the Health Advisory from PHSKC, we are seeing the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health with an increase in the rate of suicides. Part of Kindness Month (November 2020) is helping to support and navigate this very important and challenging topic. If you, or family members and/or friends, are struggling with thoughts of suicide, there are resources and help for you and your loved ones.
Check out for families:
- Behavioral Health Toolbox for Families
- WA Listens (1-833-681-0211)
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
- Teenlink.org (1-866-TEENLINK; 1-866-833-6546)
More resources for mental and emotional well-being, courtesy of Washington State COVID-19 Response, can be found here.
Mental Health First Aid is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.
Visit Snoqualmie Valley Community Network (www.svcn.org) for upcoming local trainings.
PHSKC is also offering Mental Health First Aid training free until the end of 2020 for groups and organizations. If you have a group of 10 or more, please contact Anthony Rivers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Public Health Resources
PHSKC are offering resources for free webinars, free mental health support for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) individuals and communities, and Mental Health First Aid Training:
- The Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and the Northwest PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports) Network have produced a free series of webinars. Information for an upcoming webinar is listed below.
- Free mental health support from BIPOC therapists for BIPOC individuals and communities most impacted by the pandemic and racism will be available on Saturday, December 12, 2020, from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
COVID-19 has different impacts on groups of people due to their work and home environments. The Behavioral Health Group Impact Reference Guide provides specific details on the impacts of COVID-19 on educators (see page 30) and families and children (see page 34). As we progress through the months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impacts change over time. We want to make sure you have the most current information and resources available to continue navigating these challenges.
If you are struggling during this time, please feel free to reach out to your school's nurse or counselor via phone or email. We are happy to connect with you to answer questions, provide supports, or simple provide a listening ear.
Local Learning & Support Opportunities
#BeKindSV (Be Kind Snoqualmie Valley)
November is Kindness Month and Snoqualmie Valley Community Network is partnering with local businesses and offering several opportunities to engage with supporting kindness in Snoqualmie Valley. #BeKindSV is a school-wide campaign that supports positive school climate, which is key in establishing a foundation of regular, proactive support while preventing unwanted behaviors. This campaign supports the introducing, modeling, and reinforcing of kindness and inclusion. Check out the great opportunities to participate below:
- Connected Caregivers Training
- Be Kind Snoqualmie Valley
- Benefits of Kindness at Work
- Be the "I" in KIND! - Find banners around Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, Snoqualmie, and North Bend to take your picture and be the "I" in KIND!
Snoqualmie Valley Community Network programs supporting youth substance abuse and suicide prevention are more important than ever. Please visit their website for information on how to contribute to the SVCN's efforts..
Carnation and Duvall Libraries offer a fun newsletter filled with many opportunities for learning and engagement. There are several upcoming events occurring for families, teens/tweens, and students. Sign-up to receive the newsletters of our local libraries to check out all the opportunities coming up!
Your Riverview School District Nursing Team wants to look out for not only our communities' physical wellbeing, but also their mental wellbeing. We hope you find these resources as a helpful way to continue to take care of yourself through the times we are facing. Again, if you find yourself struggling, please reach out to your school's nurse or counselor via phone or email. Let's #BeKind and be good to one another.