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Monroe Youth Coalition

Monroe Youth Coalition

The award winning 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. See his proclamation by clicking the link below.

Mayor’s Proclamation

The Youth Coalition also launched their “You Are Not Alone” public service announcement on social media platforms at the same time. In April 2016, the PSA was edited into a :15 second ad playing at the Galaxy 12 Monroe, reaching more than 30,000 people per month. Monroe Public Schools also featured the PSA during district-wide, mandatory all-staff School and Student Safety training and was highlighted at the Superintendent’s State of the District address to local business and industry leaders.

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

In February, 2016 the Youth Coalition completed its Stars Project, hanging You Are Not Alone posters with more than 1,600 handwritten stars with the name of each MHS student. Posters were hung in high traffic areas in the high school to show everyone that they are not alone.

Monroe Public Schools Twitter feed promoting the Stars Project.

Monroe Public Schools Twitter feed promoting the Stars Project.

The “You are not alone…” campaign was also intended to build local support for the implementation of evidence-based programming that aligns with the youth coalition’s goals.  That vision was realized in March, 2016 when the youth coalition received Sources of Strength training through a grant provided by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery.

Youth Coalition SOS Article

This evidence-based suicide prevention program focuses on building protective buffers through the delivery of messages that promote help, hope and strength. For their efforts, the Snohomish County Board of Health recognized the Monroe Youth Coalition on April 12, 2016 in Everett, WA, where they received a Healthy Communities award.

2016 Healthy Communities Award

2016 Healthy Communities Award

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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