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Mental Health

In a publication from Susan Wile Schwarz, June 2009, approximately 20% of adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder.  To extrapolate that statistic and apply it to Cheyenne Mountain High School, would mean that well over two hundred students in our school will experience some form of a mental health condition while attending CMHS. 

Adolescence is a critical period for mental, social, and emotional well being and development. During adolescence, the brain undergoes significant developmental changes, establishing neural pathways and behavior patterns that will last into adulthood. 

Because their brains are still developing, adolescents are particularly receptive to the positive influences of youth development strategies, social and emotional learning, and behavioral modeling. But adolescents’ developing brains, coupled with hormonal changes, make them more prone to depression and more likely to engage in risky and thrill-seeking behaviors than either younger children or adults. These and other factors underline the importance of meeting the mental, social, and emotional health needs of this age group.

Mental health and social and emotional well being – combined with sexual and reproductive health, violence and unintentional injury, substance use, and nutrition and obesity – form part of a complex web of potential challenges to adolescents’ healthy emotional and physical development--a challenge that we must be up for!

Below, you will find a few web sites, and supports for dealing with mental health issues.  This is by no means a comprehensive list for dealing with this very important topic.  However, it should help you get started down a path toward obtaining strong mental health. 

Colorado Dept. of Education (CDE)

National Institute Health (NIH)

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Anxiety Disorder Association of America (ADAA)

Anxiety Resource (good resource)

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Mental Health Asso. (NMHA) 

Suicide Help Sites:

http://jasonfoundation.com/youth-suicide/warning-signs/

http://www.teensuicide.us/articles2.html

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm (very good) 

http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Helpline1/Teenage_Suicide.htm

Drugs & Alcohol

Illicit Drugs

According to the national Institute of Health (NIH) illicit drug use among teens continues at a high rate.  NIH attributes this statistic due to the popularity of marijuana and the perceived lack of danger associated with this use.  In 2012, 6.5% of 8th graders, 17% of 10th graders, and 22.9% of 12th graders reported using marijuana in the past month--an increase among 10th and 12th graders of 14.2%.  NIH does report a decrease in the use of inhalants ( an all time low). 

Alcohol

Alcohol use among teens has dropped to historically low levels. In 2012, NIH reported that 3.6% of 8th graders, 14.5% of 10th graders, and 28.1% reported getting drunk in the past month.

Tobacco

Cigarette use among teens has dropped to historically low levels.  Cigarette smoking in high-school students peaked in 1996-1997 and has declined continually since. In contrast, marijuana use has been rising in recent years. 

These are both good and alarming statistics.  As we educate our Cheyenne Mountain community and students, we believe that it is prudent to address the trends of the day and provide support up to date information and support.  The links below should aide you in process as well.

Military Support

In the attached link above, you will find a vast amount of thoughts and resources to aide you from the Military Child Education Coalition. This resource might be helpful to military families, but also it is a great resource for teachers, friends, family or classmates as they consider how to help a family who is living through military life.

Military Support

Good Books for Parents

Raising teenager's can sometimes be challenging, humbling and often an amazing experience.  Below, we have included a resource of helpful reads that may make your job a little easier.  We hope that you might find a few of these books useful. Additionally, the counseling office has books on parenting in our office. Feel free to stop in and check out a book or two.

Good Books for Parents