• What is Mental Health?

    Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.  It affects how we think, feel, and act.  It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.  Click HERE to learn more about specific mental health problems.

    Talk to your parents or a trusted adult if you experience any of these things:*

    • Can't eat or sleep
    • Can't perform daily tasks like going to school
    • Don't want to hang out with your friends or family
    • Don't want to do things you usually enjoy
    • Fight a lot with family and friends
    • Feel you can't control your emotions and it's affecting relationships with family and friends
    • Have low or no energy
    • Feel hopeless, numb, or like nothing matters
    • Can’t stop thinking about certain things or memories
    • Feel confused, forgetful, edgy, angry, upset, worried, or scared
    • Want to harm yourself or others
    • Have random aches and pains
    • Smoke, drink, or use drugs
    • Hear voices


    Where Can I Get Help?

    You are not alone. There are lots of resources at West High and our surrounding community which can support you with all types of mental health challenges.  Below is a list of those resources with short descriptions to help you navigate which options to explore that may best meet your needs.


    Parkway does not endorse or sanction outside referrals, but does maintain this Referral List to outside agencies and professionals for you to explore and navigate independently.


    Parkway complied a list agency referrals HERE to be used as a quick reference to link support and mental health categories.


    Phone & Pad Apps | click HERE to view a compiled list of phone or pad apps that can help with emotional wellness.

    50 Ways to Take a Break & Cope With Stress click HERE

    When I Feel Anxious
    | steps to take to reduce your anxiety click HERE

    The Power of the Pause
    | taking time to reflect and recharge click HERE

    Understanding Your Circle of Control
    | lower your stress and anxiety by understanding and accepting what areas in your life you can and cannot control click HERE

    Simple Calming Breathing Exercise
    click HERE

    Daily Calm
    | 10 minute guided meditation click HERE

    Headspace | Through science-backed meditation and mindfulness tools, Headspace helps you create life-changing habits to support your mental health click HERE


    Suicide Prevention Toolkit | Warning Signs and Intervention Strategies for Preventing Youth Suicide click HERE

    Signs of Depression and Suicide | Understand emotions after loss, how to respond to it, and how to recognize common signs of depression and suicide click HERE


    General Site with a Wide Range of Resources click HERE

    Things to Do at Home to Combat Loneliness & Boredom click HERE


    *Source: MentalHealth.gov