Prevention & Wellness Program
Welcome to the Vernon Hills High School Prevention & Wellness (P & W) Website
The Prevention & Wellness Program provides school-wide substance abuse prevention, mental health awareness, and intervention programs. As well as addresses other issues related to students' well being. Our programming is accomplished through a partnership of school personnel, students, parents, community service providers and volunteers.
We are here to support you during these times of uncertainty.
If you're interested in someone reaching out to you for support, please fill out this form and you'll be contacted soon. Please note that this form is not monitored 24/7 and should not be used for crises.
- If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call 911. Other resources include:
- Text-A-Tip. Connect to 24/7 text line and chat with a live, licensed mental health professional. To connect, text 847Help to 1-844-823-5323.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24/7, for free and confidential phone support.
- Catholic Charities Counseling Support Line. Call (312) 948-6951. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Helpful tips from Andy Duran, CEO, at LEAD
As parents, there are a few things we can do to ease the anxiety in our household:
1. Ask simple questions to engage your teen.
- What has been the hardest part of quarantine?
- What are you most looking forward to when quarantine is over?
- How are you connecting with your friends during this time?
- Can I help you better understand your schoolwork?
2. Encourage self-care.
- Make sure your teens take time to do something they enjoy each day - even if that means extra screen time once in a while.
- Take some alone time.
- Exercise - go for a walk, do yoga, play a sport.
- Get dressed for the day and do your hair or makeup - just like you would if you were going somewhere.
- Play a game.
- Get enough sleep.
3. Connect with people.
Our team has issued a challenge to "call 5 friends today." When we feel alone or isolated, connecting with others may be the last thing we feel like doing, but it may be just what we need. It may also be what they need. Helping others makes us feel connected and gives us a purpose.
4. Focus on controlling what you can control.
A helpful way to lower anxiety - because eliminating anxiety right now may not be realistic - is to be purposely aware of situations that are within our control. Think about creating a list of 5 simple areas in your life where you have control and power, and then focus on those.
- TeleCounseling Resources - major insurance companies are covering telecounseling sessions as if they were occuring in the office
- Since we know that smoking & vaping directly affect lung & respiratory functioning, it is highly recommended that those who smoke/vape stop. Immediately. There is a helpful article on Scientific American's website called "Smoking or Vaping May Increase the Risk of a Severe Coronavirus Infection"
Parents: Want to stay informed about Vaping, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse in our Community?
Subscribe to the Stand Strong Coalition Newsletter to stay informed and get involved!
Stand Strong Coalition's Marijuana Committee is hosting a webinar next Wednesday, May 13 at 12 p.m. during SAMHSA's National Prevention Week. Dr. Aaron Weiner, Director of Addiction Services at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, will discuss the impact of the commercialization of marijuana in 2020. Register through www.standstrongcoalition.org.
2019 - 2020 prevention & wellness event photos
|OPERATION SNOWBALL photos||Jan. 30th|
|RED RIBBON WEEK - (SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION) photos||Oct. 28th - Nov. 1st|
|HEALTHY LIFESTYLE FAIR photos||Oct. 26th|
|Sept. 9th.- 13th|
|cougar class act award recipients 2019 - 2020||2019-2020|
- A Grieving Father's Pledge to Fight Heroin - Daily Herald Article
- Parents - Signs of Drug & Alcohol Use You Should Be Aware Of
- Parents - How to talk to your kids about Sexual Assault & Sexual Violence
- Why is marijuana such a big deal? Click on link to read more!