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Feb 26

Who to Call During a Crisis

Posted to Children's Services Council Blog by Ashley Mock

One of our priority areas is Stopping Child Abuse Before it Happens. Within the category are programs that connect families to needed services. Included in this category is 211's Helpline.  211 is a 24/7 resource and referral line that residents can call for community resources or if they need to talk over a problem.  Additionally, 211 serves as a monitored crisis line.  Please find below a story from 211 regarding a crisis they recently encountered. 

Kelly was on-duty in the 211 Resource Center when a crisis alert call came through. She immediately picked up the phone and found a scared, depressed, and suicidal teen on the other end. The young girl immediately told Kelly that she had left school early and was standing on top of a bridge with the intention of jumping off to end her life. Kelly immediately thanked the girl for calling her and trusting her with this situation. She engaged the young woman in conversation, asking her about her classes, her friends, and her family. Between sobs, the girl told Kelly that she was being isolated at school after a break-up with her boyfriend. He was telling his friends intimate things about their relationship, and she was embarrassed and being made the laughing stock of the school.

Kelly deescalated the girl’s thoughts of suicide by getting the girl to see how devastated her family would be. She also kept the girl talking about the positive things happening in her life. During the conversation, Kelly was able to secure the girl’s permission to have help called. She gave Kelly her location, and Kelly had a colleague contact local authorities while she stayed on the line with the girl and kept her talking.

Kelly explained that help was on the way, and the teen agreed to a follow-up call. The next day, Kelly contacted the young girl who was at home and was even able to speak to the girl’s mother who thanked Kelly profusely for saving her daughter's life. The mother already had a therapy appointment scheduled for her daughter and was determined they would work through this tough time together.

Oct 14

The Importance of Goal Setting

Posted to Success Stories by Ashley Mock

The Student Assistance Program is a substance abuse prevention conducted in the elementary and middle schools in St. Lucie County to educate youth on the dangers of substance abuse. The educators help students develop greater self- esteem and coping skills individually or in small group sessions. 

screenshot of casey wood, new horizons, from October 2019 Community Connections Show

We recently interviewed Assistant Program Director, Casey Wood on our monthly Community Connections show on WLX-TV in partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools. Check out the interview to learn more, and read a success story from the program, below.

A Prevention Specialist in the New Horizons Student Assistance Program is currently providing the "Too Good for Drugs" curriculum to all of the 5th grade classes at Fairlawn Elementary.

The first lesson in the curriculum is focused on goal setting and teaches students to have a better ability to set reachable goals. This skill builds self-efficacy and a stronger sense of hope for the future.

In one of the 5th grade classes, during this first lesson, there was a student that was very vocal that she had never set any goals for herself. Throughout the lesson, she was very involved and appeared to gain a lot of insight into the process of personal goal setting. Since that first week of classes, this student has come into class each week with a new goal she wants to achieve.

One week, she set the goal of making the principal’s Honor Roll. Another week, she set a goal of trying out for her local basketball team. She has already realized in a few short weeks that goals can be accomplished if you make them personal and specific. She is already showing signs of a stronger self and how to make better decisions because she understands how to set reachable goals.