Student Support Services

Resources for Students

In the event of an emergency, call 911 or a hotline:  San Diego County 24-hour crisis line 1-888-724-7240

 
Here are links to various resources that students and parents can use!
Below include sites on Stress, Suicide Awareness, Happiness, Cutting, Eating Disorders, Drug Information, Crisis Websites, Self Help Websites, Violence, Drivers Test, Teen Pregnancy, Gender Issues, Life after College, and Laughter.

Mental Health

http://www.mindtools.com/smpage.html  Stressed out? Help can be found here.
http://www.facetheissue.com You are not alone!  Share your story, ask a doctor, information, and links--lots of good stuff here divided into categories: abuse, alcoholism, anorexia, self-injury, depression, bulimia, self-esteem, drugs
http://www.SAVE.org/ Suicide Awareness Voices of Education: symptoms of depression, warning signs of suicide, common misconceptions and lots more.
http://www.yellowribbonsd.org Suicide Awareness San Diego County Yellow Ribbon program.  This website has a wealth of information about preventing suicides and what to do if someone is suicidal.
Cutting? see:  http://www.recoveryourlife.com
Issues with Food or want to know more about eating disorders? http://www.somethingfishy.org/http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Drugs/Tobacco

Student Services staff is available for confidential, individual and/or group support.  See Mrs. Struck in K25 or call x5394 to schedule.
Help Lines:
Live Help                      1-877-44U-QUIT
ALA Lung Helpline           1-844-ALA-LUNG
CA Smokers Helpline        1-800-NOBUTTS

Mobile Apps:  NCI Quit Pal 
Text:  QUIT to iquit (47848)
 
http://www.teen.smokefree.gov Online guides and Instant Messaging Help.
http://www.quitnet.com/ Sign up for free and have a whole community of people to support you while you quit.  Don't Quit Alone!
Alcoholics Anonymous: www.nosdco-aa.org     Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Narcotics Anonymous : www.sandiegona.org    Narcotics Anonymous can help you find the freedom to live your life without the use of drugs. Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.
Al-Anon & Alateen: www.alanonsandiego.org    To help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of  a relative or friend. Similarly, Alateen is the recovery program for young people.
Nar-anon: www.nar-anon.org/naranon.org         The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else's addiction.
The Cool Spot: www.thecoolspot.gov    The Cool Spot, the teens' place for info on alcohol and resisting peer pressure.
Smoking Stinks: www.smokingstinks-aaco.org  FAST FACTS * SECONDHAND SMOKE * CHAMBER OF HORRORS * BODY BY TOBACCO

Support

California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200  Open 24/7 for ages 12-24. Calls are anonymous.  For more information see
http://www.blahtherapy.com A unique site where you can talk to a therapist (for a charge) or get advice from strangers (free).  You can also help others.
http://www.teencentral.net/ Anonymous Help-line web site, for teens, by teens.  Developed by experts in teen counseling and psychology, professionally monitored. A password-protected, safe cyber-space for teens to work out their issues. Brought to you by KidsPeace, the leader in teen crisis counseling.
http://www.teenhelp.org/ This website is a network made up of  peer mentors that have the desire to reach out and "connect" with one another. The members of their staff have not been chosen for their spot-free record, but for the real life experience that may come in useful in the resolution of fellow teens problems.

Miscellaneous

Violence: http://www.apahelpcenter.org/featuredtopics/feature.php?id=38 How to deal with violent situations (brought to you by the APA, American Psychological Association).
Driver's Test:  http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/interactive/tdrive/exam.htm Need to pass your written driver's test?  Practice here.
Birth Control: http://www.plannedparenthood.org When you're making decisions about sex...Be sure you have accurate birth control information.
Gender Issues: Wondering if you're gay?  Here's a website with lots of information and help: http://www.bidstrup.com/cooldat.htm 
Health:  http://www.teenshealth.org/ Answers& advice about teen health.
Youth Voices: http://youthcomm.org/ Youth Communication: Stories by youth "that make a difference."
Laughter: http://www.laughlab.co.uk/summary.html Laughter is the best medicine: a study to find the funniest joke in the world.
Testing Tips for Parents& Students: Click Here Help yourself or your student do their best on tests--relieve anxiety about tests.
Free PSAT test practicewww.examfocus.com. The website is related to various standardized tests like PSAT. They offer ample information through detailed articles regarding each aspect of these tests. The website also contains free practice tests, customized according to the format and syllabus of the respective tests. The content of the website is prepared by their efficient team of academic volunteers.
SAT/ACT Prep:
Chegg Test Prep is a FREE service where students can access SAT, ACT and GRE test prep guides.  SAT Test Prep: http://www.chegg.com/test-prep/sat ACT Prep:  http://www.chegg.com/test-prep/act 
 
See also the PHS Counseling page http://www.powayusd.com/pusdphs/counseling/documents/TestPrepPrograms.pdf

Life After College: www.LifeAfterCollege.com
College Scholarships:  with links to 70 online scholarship sites and information on colleges, go to www.college-scholarships.com
Cancer: two websites that help people understand cancer better  http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com/understanding-cancer       http://acco.org
Career Planning: If you aren't sure what career you are interested in or what qualifications are needed for specific careers, try this website:  http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/
Fire and Public Service Career Planning: If you are interested in finding our more about a career in public service (fire, criminal justice, homeland security, paramedic/EMT, etc.) try this website:  www.firescience.org/public-service-careers/
University accreditation and online learning: users can find schools based on state, subject, degree level and religious affiliation.  These free education resources can be found at: www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges
Any other resources that you've found helpful, Please email us a link tbarkerball@powayusd.com!


 
 

Student Services

Located in the Counseling Building: K-25 (Facing the Cafeteria)
Traci Barker-Ball, Student Services Coordinator, (858) 748-0245 ext. 5393 or email: tbarkerball@powayusd.com
Ms. Sharon Struck (Specialist) (858) 748-0245 ext. 5394 sstruck@powayusd.com
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