DOH provider alert regarding increased concern of suicide risk in youth during COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recently released the following provider alert regarding increased concern of suicide risk in youth during COVID-19. Actions Requested Screen patients for suicide risk, particularly children, teens, and young adults. See the Screening section below for more information. Share information and resources with patients and their families on crisis…

YOMHEs Partner with SOAR

After over three years partnering with the School-Based Partnerships team at Public Health–Seattle & King County (PHSKC), the Youth Organizers of Mental Health Education (YOMHEs) will start a new chapter with Soar in September 2020. Soar is a community-based organization with deep expertise in engaging youth and families to enact change throughout King County. YOMHE…

It Starts with You(th): YOMHE is Hiring!

The Youth Organizers of Mental Health Education (YOMHE) promote positive mental health and work to normalize discussion of suicide and suicide prevention. They train other youth on how to support friends in need through presentations and outreach. The YOMHEs create a space for youth to speak up about mental health stigma in communities of color.…

Feeling “Ghosted” No More

Crossposted from Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools New educational theatre production helps bring the mental health challenges that many young people deal with out into the open. Note from the editor: Ghosted will be presented at the following King County Schools in Fall/Winter 2019: Rainier Beach High School (Seattle) – November 6-7, 2019 Franklin High School…

It Starts with You(th): Teens Help Their Peers Prevent Suicide in Seattle Public Schools

For the past year and a half, the Public Health School-Based Partnerships team has supported a youth-led peer-to-peer suicide prevention program in partnership with the City of Seattle. Growing from a group of six youth in summer 2017, the 2018 summer program welcomed eight Youth Organizers for Mental Health Education (YOMHEs). The YOMHEs worked tirelessly this summer…

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

As providers and staff in schools, you are oftentimes positioned to best recognize mental health concerns in your students and connect them to services. But in addition to recognizing and addressing mental health, you also play a huge role in promoting mental wellbeing and resilience among your students. For all the roles that you play from prevention to treatment,…

Welcome Public Health’s Summer Interns!

As part of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Youth Opportunity Initiative, Public Health–Seattle & King County (PHSKC) is partnering with the City of Seattle Human Services Department, Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP), and Parks & Recreation to host six student interns during the Summer of 2017. A Health Educator with the School-Based Partnerships Program at PHSKC will supervise and mentor…