Mental Health Awareness Month: May 2022
Mental health wellness is an essential part of the overall health and well-being of both our students and staff. Mental health challenges affect all of us and the way we think, feel and act.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we’re spreading awareness about what’s available to help staff and students. A list of resources and hotlines is available here on the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District website.
For our educators and staff, the Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides counseling, webinars and other services and resources to promote the health, safety and well-being of public service employees.
Click the links below to learn more about our upcoming Mental Health Awareness Event and to read stories from students and staff.
Know that you are not alone.
About 200 people attended the May 23 Mental Health Awareness event at Sumner High School, where they had the opportunity to talk with representatives from 11 local mental health resource agencies, view a feature-length documentary about suicide awareness, and listen to a six-member panel of mental health professionals about how youth, parents and the community can best support those in crisis.
“Depression is not a sign of weakness and it’s not something you’ve done wrong.”
One of our own District counselors took time off to take care of her mental health after she began experiencing anxiety and depression both at work.
"I have to take care of myself to take care of others,” she said.
Click here to read more about her story.
Emily Jensen loves to learn - but it hasn't always been easy. Throughout most of her life, Emily struggled with her mental health, due to factors both inside and outside of the classroom. Emily was able to find the help she needed and graduated in 2020 through SBLSD's Elhi Hill High School Program. Now, she wants to help other students like her.
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is hosting a community Mental Health Awareness Event on May 23 at Sumner High School in partnership with Kids' Mental Health Pierce County and Coordinated Care to provide information and resources about mental health and mental health conditions.