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Watchung Hills Regional High School

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The Healthy Edge

An online resource for the Watchung Hills community to access information, activities, and support related to Wellness.


Directed by the Wellness Committee, The Healthy Edge provides a comprehensive effort to the Watchung Hills community with the resources to enhance the social and emotional wellness of all students. This initiative strives to maximize student development in four key areas:
  • Intellectual Wellness
  • Emotional Wellness
  • Social Wellness
  • Physical Wellness

Articles

Information and resources on vaping, juuling, smoking.
Learn the facts about this new epidemic among young people.

The Flavor Trap

  • How Tobacco Companies are luring kids with candy flavored e-cigarettes and cigars.

Juuling

  • What Pediatricians and Families need to know.

The Benefits of Quitting

  • It happens in minutes.
     

More Information and Resorces on Different Topics Affecting Students.
 

Self-Compassion

  • Learning to Be Kind to Yourself

Children and Perfectionism

  • How to help children manage the thoughts that drive perfectionism.

Anxiety in Teens

  • How to help a teenager deal with anxiety.

Welcome to Herointown

  • What would happen if you took everyone who is addicted to heroin in New Jersey and sent them to live in one place?

Advice for Parents in the Age of Social Media

  • The Silent Tragedy affecting today's children and what to do with it.  

Underage Drinking: Realstic Ways to Talk About Alcohol with Teens

  • 5 Ways to Talk About it Realistically 

 

 

Events

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE:  
Summer leadership opportunity for WHRHS students
 

WHAT: Lindsey Meyer Teen Institute (LMTI)
Summer Leadership Conference


Week long camp designed to provide students with opportunities to become strong leaders. Participants are guided through activities designed to realize their leadership potential and empower them to create positive changes in themselves, their schools and their communities.
See - http://lmteeninstitute.org/what-to-expect/

WHEN: August 20-24, 2018

Arrive Monday between 10 am-12:00
Leave Friday by 3pm

WHERE: Camp Mason, Hardwick, NJ

Students sleep in comfortable dormitory cabins and lodges that sleep 10-14 to a room, separated into male and female cabins. Each cabin is staffed by
1-2 trained adult staff members.

WHAT DO WE DO: Each day has theme, such as Diversity, Wellness, Motivating Others, etc.

There will be speakers, workshops, small group discussions, challenge course, free time, networking. Students meet and work with students from
other communities in NJ.

COST: $100 per student for the week/limited to 10 students

The Watchung Hills Municipal Alliance will subsidize the remainder of the fees and provide an adult volunteer.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: Contact Mrs. Kumpf (jkumpf@whrhs.org) by May 15.

News

Resources

 

STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

The Student Assistance Counselors (SAC’s) provide confidential in-school support to students who are struggling with issues that negatively impact school performance. The SAC works with students to develop healthy coping skills, reduce risk factors, and make positive lifestyle choices. Services include assessment, crisis intervention, psycho-education, short-term counseling and referrals to community resources. Students are encouraged to utilize these services for concerns about themselves or others.

 

Students can seek assistance on their own or be referred by any member of our school community. Referrals and services are confidential, and will not become part of the student’s school record.

 

If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, please contact one of the SAC’s listed below.

Student Last Names A-L Student Last Names M-Z

Gwendolyn Blake, MA, Ed.S

gblake@whrhs.org

908-647-4800 ext 7963 908-647-4800 ext 6866

 
Some common issues include:
  • Stress management
  • Family problems and transitions
  • Relationship issues (friends, dating, etc)
  • Substance use/abuse
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Anger management
  • Eating disorders
  • Body image
  • Bullying
  • School related problems
  • Self esteem
  • Peer and Social Problems
  • Grief and Loss
  • Suicide Prevention
  • ANY other issues that teens may be dealing with in today’s world
 
COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
 
In an emergency, call 911!

 

CRISIS / PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES - 24-hour emergency mental health care, including risk assessments, screenings, crisis intervention and stabilization, psychiatric emergency services and access to mental health resources; mobile outreach also available

Somerset County residents -

Psychiatric Evaluation Screening Services (PESS)

282 E. Main St, Somerville, NJ

908-526-4100

www.bridgewayrehab.org

 

Morris County residents -

Saint Clare’s Hospital

Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)

25 Pocono Rd., Denville, NJ

973-625-6150

973-625-0280 - after-hours hotline

 

Morristown Memorial Hospital/Atlantic Behavioral Health

Psychiatric Emergency Services and Screening Center

Newton Medical Center

175 High St., Newton, NJ

973-383-0973

24-hour Crisis Hotline 973-540-0100
 

HOTLINES:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

NJ Teen Helpline: http://www.2ndfloor.org/ 1-888-222-2228

The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)

NJ Addiction Services Hotline 1-844276-2777

NJ Mental Health Cares http://www.njmentalhealthcares.org/ 866-202-4357

 

In addition, the NJ Dept. of Children and Families has an extensive list of hotline and helplines available on their website:

http://www.state.nj.us/dcf/families/hotlines/

 

FAMILY SERVICES -

Family Crisis Intervention Unit (FCIU), Somerset County -

Crisis intervention and stabilization for children and families; short-term counseling; link to services.

27 Warren, St., Somerville, NJ

908-704-6330

 

Richard Hall Mental Health Center (RHMHC), Somerset County -

Wide range of mental health services for individuals and families, provided on a sliding scale for Somerset county residents.

500 North Bridge St., Bridgewater, NJ

908-725-2800

 

Family Intervention Services, Morris County -

www.fisnj.org

Family Crisis Intervention Unit, Family Outreach Program, CP&P contracted programs, Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Program, Child Outpatient Program (Medicaid Accepted and Fee for Service). Serves all families and youth who are Morris county residents.

20 Vanderhoof Ave., Rockaway, NJ

973-586-5243

 

NJ Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) -

All reports of child abuse and neglect must be reported to the State Central Registry (SCR), a 24 hour hotline; when a report indicates a child may be at risk, a representative from DCPP will promptly investigate the safety of the child.

SCR Hotline - 1-877-NJ-ABUSE (1-877-652-2873)
 

WEBSITES FOR WELLNESS
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Videos

The Secret Life of Teens

  • As part of TODAY’s “Secret Lives of Teens” series, NBC news special anchor Maria Shriver sits down with young people to discuss issues they commonly struggle with – and often keep hidden from their parents. make parents aware of what they are feeling and help them to understand that their pressure sometimes adds to the burden on the teens.

Chasing the Dragon

  • In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released "Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict," a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction. More at www.fbi.gov/ChasingTheDragon