• mental health matters

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month

    Did You Know...

    • Approximately 20% of adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
    • Many mental health disorders first present during adolescence.
    • — Between 20% and 30% of adolescents have one major depressive episode before they reach adulthood.— For a quarter of individuals with mood disorders like depression, these first emerge during adolescence.— Between 50% and 75% of adolescents with anxiety disorders and impulse control disorders (such as conduct disorder or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) develop these during adolescence.
    • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults.
    • — Suicide affects young people from all ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic groups, although some groups seem to have higher rates than others.— Older adolescents (aged 15-19) are at an increased risk for suicide (7.31/100,000).— Between 500,000 and one million young people aged 15 to 24 attempt suicide each year.
    • Existing mental health problems become increasingly complex and intense as children transition into adolescence.
    • Untreated mental health problems among adolescents often result in negative outcomes.
    • — Mental health problems may lead to poor school performance, school dropout, strained family relationships, involvement with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems, substance abuse, and engaging in risky sexual behaviors.— An estimated 67% to 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

    Please take some time for yourself and pay attention to your mental health!  If you need to talk, please reach out to you grade level counselor.




    The Western Guilford Middle School Counseling Department agrees…

    In the ability of all students to be successful regardless of background, limitations, capabilities, and or setbacks,

    That the role of a school counselor is to be an advocate for the needs of all students based on their academic and/or developmental needs.

    As a school counselor, we will be a voice for those students who need support, resources, and assistance in and out of the classroom.

    All team members, including administrators, school counselors, teachers, staff, community leaders, and family members must actively be involved in the planning, managing, delivery, and evaluation of program activities designed to meet the needs of our students.

    Valid data must be analyzed on an on-going basis to properly assist with making informed program decisions that will best meet the needs of all students.

    All decisions must be driven by the ASCA ethical standards which all school counselors use as a daily guide in their profession.


    Our Comprehensive School Counseling Program promotes a community that fosters personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence for our students thereby leading to responsible and productive citizenship in the 21st century.


    To provide a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program to address students' academic and career goals in addition to supporting their personal and social needs.  This is accomplished through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.

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