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Student Generated Resources for Mental Health

Library resources for Coping Skills and Stress Management

Tips For Middle School Success

Show an interest in your student’s daily life and studies:

  • Ask about your child’s day? What’s going well? What’s not going well? What did you learn today? What do you like about school?
  • Help your child make time for homework. (Set up a homework schedule. Give reminders. Offer to help. Provide positive feedback.)
  • Know your child’s friends and what your child is doing in his/her spare time.
  • Encourage your child to get involved by joining clubs and intramurals.

Monitor your student’s progress:

  • Check that your student is using his/her planner and completing assignments.
  • Check your student’s progress on Infinite Campus.
  • Bring your child to study sessions (before or after school) for extra help.
  • Contact the teacher or counselor if you have questions/concerns.

Partner with the school:

  • Make sure your child attends school regularly.
  • Make it clear that school rules must be followed.
  • Attend parent meetings/conferences.
  • Communicate with teachers, counselors, and administrators.
  • With your child, read information that is sent home from the school.


What?  Deliberate, immediate, repetitive, non-lethal harming of one’s self as a way of coping with emotional pain.  It is important to note that studies show 90% of people who self-harm are not suicidal.

Why?  Reasons students may be cutting varies. Common themes among students who self-harm:

  • Experiencing pain and want someone to notice/ask about what is happening
  • Feeling pressure from unrealistic expectations that they or others have for themselves
  • Low self-worth
  • Feels emotions deeply, about themselves or for other people, more so than others
  • SCARS: Self-punishment, Control, Attention, Release of emotion/pain, Security

How to help:  One of the most important things to remember when talking with your student is to focus on safety and the emotions that are causing them to self-harm. Focus on the person, not the behavior.

  • Empathize with their emotion
  • Explore different ways to cope with their emotions
  • Expose the lie they are telling themselves (Example lies: “I am not good enough”, “No one cares”, “I am not worthy”, “I am better off alone”, “I just cause problems for everyone”)
  • Identify people who can help
  • Follow through on promises to help, listen and support


  • Assume they can stop on their own
  • Focus on how it is making you feel or what it is doing to you
  • Ask to see their scars or where they cut. When they feel like you want to help, they will show you.
  • Compare their life to someone else’s (“You think you have it bad….”, “At least…”)

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your grade level counselor – Erin McCort, 8th Grade; Anita McKiernan, 7th grade; Steven Miller 6th grade.

Information adapted from Christian T. Hill, Alpine Connection Counseling.

Suicide Prevention Information

Video For Parents, Created By Mayo Clinic, On Teen Suicide Prevention: