If you could use some extra support in life, ask your counselor about the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), a small group consisting of 4-10 students who meet once a week to create plans around any type of challenge, such as mental health issues (stress, anxiety, frustration), medical conditions (diabetes, weight gain, pain management), life issues (addiction, smoking, trauma), and more. The goal is to identify early warning signs and create an action plan for these difficult situations so you can navigate crises more safely or avoid them entirely. Here’s what some students said about last year’s group:
“It was nice to make more connections, and this group feels safe.”
“It’s easy to talk and laugh in group.”
“I feel I have a closer friend group and know more people at school.”
The key concepts of hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support are explored in these interactive meetings (which are free and take place during the school day) and is facilitated by the Mental Health Association of Nebraska and our school social worker, Mr. Barber. For questions or to see if this might be a good fit for you, talk with your counselor or stop by Mr. Barber’s office in the Media Center!
Did you know that nationally, Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for young people and in Nebraska it is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-24? September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. NAMI.org/suicideawarenessmonth has information about risk factors and strategies you can learn to help prevent suicide. One of the best national resources is Boys Town is the Suicide Prevention LifeLine 1-800-273-Talk or www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Data trends for 10-24 year olds from the Boys Town Lifeline and the Nebraska Youth Risk Behavior Survey include the following:
- In 2011 there were 112 calls made to the Nebraska Lifeline, in 2015 this number was 277.
- In 2011, 14.2% of youth reported that they considered suicide, in 2015 14.6% reported suicidal ideation.
The 3 leading mental/emotional risk factors by Gender reported:
- Suicide/Depressed Statements- Female- 83.6% Male- 84.2%
- Depression- Female-50.9% Male- 54%
- Anxiety- Female-28.8% Male- 25.3%
The 3 leading Relationship Concerns/Risk Factors by Gender reported:
- Relationship Conflicts- Female- 28.5 % Male- 26.4%
- Lack of Support- Female- 14.2% Male- 15.8%
- Relationship Loss- Female- 11.9% Male- 20.4%
Protective Factors by Age Group:
Age 11 -14 Age 15-18 Age 19-24
- Family/Other Support- 82.7% 79.8% 66.1%
- Plans for Future- 54.3% 62.8% 60.1%
- Sense of Purpose- 42.0% 48.6% 48.7%
- Want Help- 86.4% 85.8% 80.9%
- Able to Problem Solve- 55.6% 61% 57.8%
- Desire to Live- 60.5% 62.8% 61%
- Engage with Counselor- 75.3% 75.7% 75.1%
For more information, please contact:
- SCIP Coordinator-Lincoln/Lancaster County
- 4600 Valley Rd – Lincoln, NE 68510
SCIP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SCIP.HELP