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It's OK to say I need help! That's the message for Cassia students. Trustee Darin Moon talks about the groundbreaking district program. Connect is a resource to help address a broad range of personal difficulties that may be causing distress. Learn about the whys and hows of Connect.
It's OK to say, "I need help."
Connect is a resource to help address a broad range of personal difficulties that may be causing distress. This benefit is FREE to any Cassia student grades K-12.
What this means to you: Sometimes kids are suffering with issues that aren't easily addressed with a bandaid, a cast, or a trip to the medical doctor. Sometimes families and schools feel the effects of grief, loss, substance abuse, personal or emotional challenges, stress, anxiety, depression, etc, etc, etc. These kinds of challenges aren't easily handled by telling your child, "keep your chin up." or " things will get better". If you or your child find yourself in a position that you are saying these types of statement over and over, you may want to talk to someone with CONNECT. We are so committed to helping that we are paying for your introduction to these counseling services.
DON'T FORGET THOUGH!
Our school counselors are always available and if you aren't sure about what the problems might be and how to access help, please talk with them! This program works in conjunction with the school counselors, but you don't have to get "permission" from anyone to call. Counselors are an excellent resource at your child's school, don't forget about them! They are trained professionals with critical skills for working with students.
How it works:
Call this number - 1-800-926-9619
You don't have to talk to anyone other than the person that answers the phone on the other line. They will get you going with everything that you need. You don't have to show or have insurance. You don't need to talk to anyone at the school (unless you want to!). It's all confidential. Sharing of information occurs as you need/want it to. You decide who is added to the team. A successful team usually involves both school and private counselor.
This program is designed to help students with their emotional health needs. This ultimately helps families and schools.
Connect is funded through our supplemental levy. Our community believes in this too!
Our School Board believes school safety is more than locks, door controls, video cameras and school resource officers. Prevention of behaviors that result in violence are a critical and key part of overall school safety. Good overall mental health also means student achievement, less problems at school, more positive interaction with peers and teachers.
Connect is year round and we invite you to give the number a try and see how it can help. 1-800-926-9619
Here's our parent letter that gives more information about the service Letter
And here's the poster you may have seen around your child's school Ask for help poster
1-800-926-9619.... It's OK to say, "I need help."
For questions or help, call your child's counselor, administrator or the district office at 208-878-6600 and ask for Debbie Critchfield (program facilitator)