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NHHS Mental Health Resources

Mental Health

Mental health is the awareness of how we think, feel, and act.  Mental health includes our emotional and social well-being.  When our mental health is being affected, it can impact our daily functioning.  It is important to discuss these matters with a mental health professional.  Below you will find common symptoms related to depression and anxiety, as well as mental health resources.  

Have you consistently felt this way in the past two weeks?

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Moving or talking more slowly
  • Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
  • Appetite and/or weight changes
  • Thoughts of death or suicide, or suicide attempts
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause and/or that do not ease even with treatment

Sadness is something we all experience.  It is a normal reaction to a loss or a setback and usually passes with a little time.  Depression is different.  

Have you consistently felt this way in the past six months?  Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
  • Being irritable
  • Having muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep

Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life, such as faced with a problem at school or work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear.

What to do when on campus:

  • Seek out a trusted adult and let them know how you are feeling.
    • Teacher, counselor, school psychologist, nurse, administrator, social worker, or coach.
  • Go to the Health Office and tell the nurse you would like to speak to a counselor or psychologist.
  • Go to the Main Office and tell the office staff you would like to speak to a counselor or psychologist.
  • Text-A-Tip Line, if you want to provide anonymous information to the NHHS Administration: (415) 891-9309.
  • Contact our School Resource Officer, Officer Dudash.
  • If it is an emergency and you are in class, please go to the health office or main office to seek help.  In this situation, you do not need a pass from your teacher.

What to do when off campus:

  • Seek out a trusted adult and let them know how you are feeling.
  • Call or text a crisis hotline to speak with a mental health professional. 
    • Crisis Text Line: Text HELP to 741741
    • PRS Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 85511
    • National Suicide Hotline Phone Number: 1-800-273-8255 

If it is an emergency, please call 911.  The police department has mental health professionals that can respond to your call.