As most of you know, our community suffered the tragic loss of two young lives last month.
As our students, staff, and community continue to work through the difficult process of grieving, we want to again thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support that we received. Recognizing the holiday season may magnify grief, we would also like to share some resources that many may find useful.
Grief is not something that ends, but with time we learn to process and accept those feelings into our lives. While it is important not to judge the way that others grieve, we can be aware of healthy or destructive coping strategies. Encourage expressing feelings, talking about them with trusted family and friends, or expressing them in more creative ways such as art or music. Be on the lookout for unhealthy coping patterns such as the use of drugs or alcohol to “numb” painful feelings, engaging in reckless or antisocial behavior, increased difficulty focusing or with academics, or withdrawal from activities and interests. If you have questions or are concerned, reach out to your school counselor or another mental health resource.
Here are links to some excellent resources about teens and grief, along with a link to a text crisis line, and Pierce County’s crisis line, which can help direct you to further resources.