Alameda County Resources

http://www.1800victims.org/resources/county/1/alameda

Our students are under so much stress. Many suffer depression and have suicidal tendency. FUSS would like to help build community support to address this issue.  Please join this effort if you are interested.

TIPS FOR PARENTS – WHEN TO TAKE ACTION
The following are helpful tips for parents, guardians, teachers, coaches and supervising adults provided by Fremont Human Services Department – Youth and Family Services.How do you identify the difference between a normal childhood mood swing and an early sign of potential mental disorder? Take an ACTIVE role to prevent youth violence and protect child health and safety.  Err on the side of caution, if something feels wrong-take action!Positive parental time and attention is the most important protection! Make the time to “hang out” regularly with your child.  Ask about their daily lives and feelings and really LISTEN.Seek help if you notice changes in your child’s behavior, or symptoms of distress that last more than 2 weeks:

  • Irritability, anger
  • Hopelessness
  • Lying or stealing
  • Sleep problems or fatigue
  • Low self esteem
  • Decrease in school grades
  • Frequent headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Conflict with peers and friends
  • Poor or excessive appetite
  • Crying spells
  • Excessive worrying and fears
  • Poor concentration

Some situations are very serious and should be acted upon immediately:

  • Self-harm (cutting, burning, bruising)
  • Bringing weapons to school
  • Running away from home
  • Use of alcohol or drugs
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Threats of violence / Acts of violence (against pets, people)
  • Talking or thinking of suicide
  • Being hurt or victimized by others
  • Illegal actions

Who do I call for professional help?

  • Talk to your school principal about immediate access to counseling services at school
  • Make an appointment with your child’s doctor to screen for mental and physical health problems
  • Call the Police or 911 for urgent or dangerous situations
  • Questions about youth behaviors, crisis screening and support, assessments, and counseling services can be addressed by calling the City of Fremont Youth and Family Services (YFS) (510) 574-2100 Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

For tips about Parenting please visit the following resources:

Family Checkup-Positive Parenting prevents substance abuse

http://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/files/Famliycheckupall.pdf

City of Fremont Youth and Family Services Parent Project

http://www.fremont.gov/index.aspx?NID=1085

Raising Children to Resist Violence

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resist-violence.aspx

For more information about warning signs and youth violence, please visit the following websites:

Warning Signs- MTV and American Psychological Association pamphlet:

http://www.mtv.com/onair/flipped/warning_signs.pdf

Warning signs of violence

http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/files/sspw/pdf/bhsssibolewarningsigns.pdf

Domestic/Dating Violence and Teens

http://www.breakthecycle.org/

For more detailed information about child and youth mental health, please visit the following websites:

National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/index.shtml

Family Education and Resource Center

http://www.askferc.org/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

http://store.samhsa.gov/home

National Institute on Drug Abuse- resources for parents and teachers

http://www.drugabuse.gov/parents-teachers

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Stop Bullying

http://www.stopbullying.gov/

National Alliance on Mental Illness Child and Adolescent Action Center

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=For_Parents,_Caregivers,_and_Youth&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=37809

Culture to Culture Foundation – 2014 Mental Health Awareness Essays Contest Award Ceremony (Information provided by Dr. Julie Xie)242 students from 78 high schools throughout the Bay Area and beyond submitted their essays on “How does your personal definition of success affect your mental health?”  More information can be found in Dr. Xie’s summary at: http://overseaswindow.com/node/14392  (2014 essay contest summary)

 

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Fremont Family Counseling Services

FUSS would like to invite professional counselors and mental health experts to join the FUSS Care Community. Please contact us at fuss4schools@gmail.com

 

Resources

Preventing Youth Suicide

Building Resiliency

#1 Mental Health Issue Affecting High School Students in the Bay Area