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Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Programs and Strategies |

“You Are Not Alone…” Campaign

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The Monroe Youth Coalition formed during the 2014/2015 school year at Monroe High School as a working subcommittee of the Monroe Community Coalition. They are committed to addressing the co-occurring issues of substance abuse and mental health.

Their “You are not alone…” campaign launched during National Suicide Prevention week, September 7th – 13th, 2015 with the goal of connecting struggling peers with people who can help. To support the Youth Coalition’s initiative, City of Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas issued a formal proclamation recognizing September 7 – 13 as national suicide prevention awareness week in Monroe.

Mayor’s Proclamation

The Youth Coalition also launched their “You are not alone” public service announcement on social media platforms, with a recurring ad playing at the Galaxy Theater in Monroe. Monroe Public Schools also featured the PSA during district-wide, mandatory all-staff School and Student Safety training.

According to Washington State’s 2014 Healthy Youth Survey data, teens who can’t name a person that can help them in their school fare worse across virtually all behavioral areas. The Monroe Youth Coalition wants every student to be able to identify someone who can help!

Helping Adults Graph

The “You are not alone…” campaign is also intended to build support for the future implementation of the evidence-based Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) Program in Monroe. PAL is listed on Washington State’s Excellence in Prevention Strategies list and addresses both substance use and mental health through a proven peer-to-peer mentoring curriculum. This peer helping program builds resiliency in youth by pairing them with trained peer helpers who receive support from teachers and other adults participating in the program.

Please join us by letting the teens in your life know they are not alone.

Do you know a teen who needs help?

Mental Health Crisis Intervention

  • If there is no immediate physical danger but you still need emotional support or crisis intervention, call the Care Crisis Line at 1-800-584-5578 (toll-free) or 425-258-4357 for 24/7 support. The Care Crisis Line is your point of contact if you need an immediate mental health assessment for your child and they will help you to determine next steps and available resources. You can also use the online crisis chat between 3:00 pm – 11:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Mental Health Inpatient Hospitalization

  • If the Care Crisis Line dispatches a Designated Mental Health Professional to evaluate your child, and it is determined they will need inpatient psychiatric care, it is important to know your rights and responsibilities around Parent Initiated Treatment (PIT).   The Emergency Room Social Worker will explain this process and discuss your options.
  • If you bring your child to the Emergency Room, make sure you bring any documentation or background information about your child’s mental health history to help the providers determine the best plan of care. Here is a guide to learn more about coping with your child’s psychiatric hospitalization.

Youth Substance Abuse Assessment & Other Treatment Services

  • Catholic Community Services
    –  Everett 425-258-5270
    –  Marysville 360-651-2366
  • Center for Human Services
    –  North Shore Stars, Bothell 206-819-1641 – Snohomish County Residents
    –  Scriber Lake High School, Lynnwood 425-431-5825
  • SeaMar:
    –  Everett 425-609-5505
    –  Lynnwood 425-977-2560
    –  Monroe 360-282-3901
  • Therapeutic Health Services:
    –  Everett 425-263-3006
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