Mental Health Resources

Lola the therapy dog on spirit day

Meet Lola

Find out more about the RHS Counseling Center's newest member of the team HERE.

If you or a loved one is facing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential emotional support for people in distress. You can reach this lifeline by dialing 1-800-273-8255.

 

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

What are the risk factors?

Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can't cause or predict a suicide attempt, but they're important to be aware of.

  • Mental disorders, particularly mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and certain personality disorders

  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders

  • Hopelessness

  • Impulsive and/or aggressive tendencies

  • History of trauma or abuse

  • Major physical illnesses

  • Previous suicide attempt(s)

  • Family history of suicide

  • Loss of relationship(s)

  • Easy access to lethal means

  • Local clusters of suicide

  • Lack of social support and sense of isolation

  • Stigma associated with asking for help

  • Lack of healthcare, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment

  • Cultural and religious beliefs, such as the belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma

  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (in real life or via the media and Internet)

This information can be found through suicideepreventionlifeline.org.

What are the warning signs?

Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, expecially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or immediately discussing with your campus counselor.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves

  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun

  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves

  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

  • Extreme mood swings

This information can be found through suicideepreventionlifeline.org.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention

What is Bullying?

Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.  Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.  Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.


What is Cyber-Bullying?

Cyber-bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others.  "Cyber-bullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.  It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor.  Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking.  Adult cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking is never called cyber-bullying.


How to report bullying?

Students may report bullying or cyber-bullying confidentially to any teacher, counselor, or administrator.  RHS students may also anonymously report bullying on the STOP!T app.     


Related Resources

http://www.stopbullying.gov/