Prevention & Wellness Resources
- Keep Klein Safe
- Anti-bullying Resources
- Dating Violence Awareness
- Human Trafficking
- Mental Health/Self Injury
- Substance Use
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous. (Video here)
What is Dating Violence?
Dating violence is a pattern of controlling behaviors that one partner uses against another in order to gain power in the relationship. The abuser can behave in ways that cause fear, isolation, shame and/or humiliation. Dating violence can be physical, mental, emotional or a combination of all three.
What can you do to support someone who is in an abusive relationship?
- Learn about the problem. The best way to overcome any discomfort you feel about dating violence is by learning about it. Understanding how your friend or family member is struggling can help you see the world from his or her eyes.
- Tell them you are concerned. Don't be afraid to reach out to a friend or family member who needs help.
- Seek professional help. Help them connect to resources in the community that can offer information and guidance.
- Don't contact the abuser or post negative things about them. Focus on your friend or family member. Being supportive and caring is the priority.
Warning Signs of Trafficking
Child trafficking of any sort is prohibited by the Penal Code. Sex trafficking involves forcing a person, including a child, into sexual abuse, assault, indecency, prostitution, or pornography. Labor trafficking involves forcing a person, including a child, to engage in forced labor or services. Traffickers are often trusted members of a child’s community, such as friends, romantic partners, family members, mentors, and coaches, although traffickers frequently make contact with victims online.
Possible warning signs of sexual trafficking in children include:
● Changes in school attendance, habits, friend groups, vocabulary, demeanor, and attitude;
● Sudden appearance of expensive items (for example, manicures, designer clothes, purses, technology);
● Tattoos or branding;
● Refillable gift cards;
● Frequent runaway episodes;
● Multiple phones or social media accounts;
● Provocative pictures posted online or stored on the phone;
● Unexplained injuries;
● Isolation from family, friends, and community; and
● Older boyfriends or girlfriends.
Additional warning signs of labor trafficking in children include:
● Being unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips;
● Being employed but not having a school-authorized work permit;
● Being employed and having a work permit but clearly working outside the permitted hours for students;
● Owing a large debt and being unable to pay it off;
● Not being allowed breaks at work or being subjected to excessively long work hours;
● Being overly concerned with pleasing an employer and/or deferring personal or educational decisions to a boss;
● Not being in control of his or her own money;
● Living with an employer or having an employer listed as a student’s caregiver; and
● A desire to quit a job but not being allowed to do so.
Texas Education Agency-Human Trafficking of School-aged Children
What is Mental Illness?
A diagnosable illness that effects a persons thinking, emotional state, and behavior as well as disrupts the persons ability to work or carry out other daily activities and engage in satisfying personal relationships.
What is Self-Injury?
Self-injury is a maladaptive coping skill utilized by individuals, who lack more effective coping skills, to combat or avoid severe, intense emotional distress and unmanageable psychic pain. Self-injury is deliberate physical harm to oneself. Self-injury is also referred to as: self-inflicted violence, self-mutilation, self-harm or simply "cutting."
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline fields calls 24/7 for anyone with suicidal thoughts or who are in crisis.
- Crisis Text Line - Text Hello to 741741
- National Alliance on Mental Illness-Self Harm
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What can you do to support someone who is suffering from mental health challenges?
- Deal with your own feelings. You may feel shocked, confused, or even have your own struggles come up when dealing with mental health challenges. Acknowledging your feelings is an important first step toward helping your loved one.
- Learn about the problem. The best way to overcome any discomfort you feel about mental illness is by learning about it. Understanding why your friend or family member is struggling can help you see the world from his or her eyes.
- Don’t judge. Avoid judgmental comments and criticism—they’ll only make things worse. The first two tips will go a long way in helping you with this.
- Offer support, not ultimatums. It’s only natural to want to help, but threats, punishments, and ultimatums are counterproductive. Express your concern and let the person know that you’re available whenever he or she wants to talk or needs support.
- Encourage communication. Encourage your loved one to express whatever he or she is feeling, even if it’s something you might be uncomfortable with.
- Seek professional help. An evaluation can help you and your loved one determine the severity of the problem as well as what treatment method could be most effective.
What is substance use disorder?
Substance use disorders can occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs cause functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home. Substance use disorders can range from mild to moderate to severe. Under age substance use can be an indicator of and/or lead to a substance use disorder and should always be taken seriously.
What can you do to support someone who is engaging in substance use?
- Deal with your own feelings. You may feel shocked, confused, or even have your own struggles come up when dealing with substance use behaviors. Acknowledging your feelings is an important first step toward helping your loved one.
- Learn about the problem. The best way to overcome any discomfort you feel about substance use is by learning about it. Understanding how your family member is struggling can help you see the world from his or her eyes.
- Seek professional help. An assessment can help you and your loved one determine the severity of the problem as well as what treatment methods could be the most effective.
- Do not be afraid to seek family services. Substance use can be confusing and straining for the individual and the whole family. It is okay and even beneficial to your loved one to seek help in dealing with these issues as a family.