Support for Life's Challenges

Life can be very complicated, confusing, and stressful. It can be difficult to know where to turn for help. This page is intended to be a starting point and we've compiled some resources that you may find helpful. Please know we want to help in any way we can.

Tecumseh High School has three counselors that are available to assist learners who are experiencing academic, emotional, or social difficulties and/or issues with drug/alcohol use. Learners can be referred by a staff member, parent, friend, or themselves.

If you, or someone you know needs help, caring professionals are available.

Need Help Right Now?

Call 9-1-1

If you are in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1 and emergency help will be dispatched to you.

Text 741-741

Confidentially text with someone at the Crisis Text Line whenever you need help. Licensed professionals are available 24/7.

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The staff at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can provide help during all sorts of crisis situations.

Additional Resources

Conflicts at Home

Differences in opinion, teens seeking independence, and the stresses of daily life can escalate into difficult family situations. Whether you’re experiencing trouble communicating or having more serious concerns for safety in your home, there is help available.


IF YOU ARE IN DANGER, PLEASE GET HELP IMMEDIATELY.
CALL 9-1-1 AND IF POSSIBLE, GET TO A SAFE LOCATION.


Resources for Learners

Maybe things are out of control right now. Maybe things have been out of control for a while. Either way, there is help for you and for your family. Not sure what to do? Reach out to a counselor at school, or contact one of the organizations listed below.


Resources for Adults

If your family is in distress and needs help, please consider these resources:

Perhaps your family is not in crisis, but is struggling to get along. If this is the case, you may find the resources listed below helpful. They offer suggestions to find ways to better communicate and solve problems.

Coping with Stress

We all experience stress and stressful situations, but the way we respond is very different. It's important to find healthy ways to alleviate the pressures of daily life. Some quick ways to feel better when experiencing stress are:

  • Eating healthy
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Exercise
  • Get outside
  • Watch a movie, read a book, spend time with friends, or another activity you enjoy

To better understand stress and to learn strategies for coping, please check out What is Stress? information sheet.

Adults interested in helping teens manage stress may wish to read Teens and Stress, Who has Time for It?

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

While many believe that there is no harm for teenagers to experiment with alcohol or drugs, there’s no denying that addiction is a major health crisis in the United States.

For Learners

If you have concerns about a friend's use or your own – please consider using these resources:


For Parents & Caregivers


For Everyone

If you want to learn more about addiction and how you can help those around you, these resources may be of help:

Eating Disorders

Did you know?
  • In the United States, eating disorders are more common than Alzheimer's disease with as many as 10 million females and 1 million males battling illnesses like anorexia or bulimia.
  • Eating disorders are extremely dangerous, with the risk of death from anorexia nervosa being 12 times higher than any other cause of death for females between 15-24 years old.
  • 40% of newly identified cases of anorexia are in girls 15-19 years old.
  • It's important to get the help you need.
Support for those with eating disorders

The following websites provide valuable information to teens and families:

The Recovery Record is an easy-to-use app for eating disorder recovery support. Recovery Record will help you stay motivated, remain connected, and achieve your recovery goals.

  • Use for self-help or in conjunction with a treatment team
  • Resources for every stage of recovery from every type of eating disorder
  • Track meals, thoughts, and feelings
  • Stay connected anytime, anywhere
  • Check out your progress
  • Celebrate wins with rewards

Grief and Loss

The counselors at THS want to provide support to those who are affected by death and other serious loss. One small way that we can do this is to ensure that there is access to information that can help in the grieving process. Here you will find useful resources pertaining to grief and loss.

We hope that you will also visit your counselor when you are ready to talk. We can connect you with a Hospice counselor during school hours, to help you work through your feelings of grief and loss.

Resources:
  • Fernside provides support for families who have experienced a death through the materials on this site.
  • Kidshealth.org provides an overview of the grief process and is a good resource for friends and family members of a person who has experienced a loss.

LGBT Support

Teens who are of gender or sexual minority, such as those who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender and those who are questioning their gender or sexual identity can find this time in their lives especially difficult.

As always, the THS counselors are deeply committed to providing support to all learners and are willing to provide a listening ear, facilitate conversations, and make connections to outside resources.

Learners are also encouraged to seek peer support through the Tecumseh Gay Straight Alliance Club.

Other helpful resources include:

Suicide Prevention

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call for help now:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline


If you are worried that you or someone in your life may be at risk for suicide please speak up. You may save a life. Please contact a school counselor, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

It's important that we watch out for each other. Please educate yourself on the Youth Suicide Warning Signs so you can recognize when someone is struggling.

Understanding Depression

You're not alone.

  • Major depressive disorder is one of the most frequently diagnosed mood disorders among teens, with nearly a third of all teens experiencing one or more episodes of depression before the age of 19.

There's hope.

  • The National Mental Health Association reports that 80% of those diagnosed with depression will meet full recovery.

There's help.

  • Depression and other mental disorders are complicated, but resources are available to help those who are struggling with these challenges.
  • Online resources are a place to start, but care should be taken in self-diagnosing any physical or mental illness. It's always best to talk to a trained professional to ensure you are getting the care you need.

Want to learn more?

Ready to talk?

Help is available when you need it:

  • Visit, call, or email your school guidance counselor
  • Talk to you parents or other trusted family member
  • Text 741-741
  • Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Call 9-1-1 if you are in immediate danger

Internet Safety

Learners are advised to be to be careful what they post on the internet. Others can access more than you think they can, and data and information shared on the internet should be considered permanent.

Photos and comments online can affect your future. You should expect colleges, military recruiters, and employers will search for you online when evaluating you for consideration. What you share online can affect your acceptance, enlistment, or employment.


Consequences of Sexting

  • It's illegal. If under the age of 18, the person who took the photo or sent the text can be charged with child pornography. This could lead to being required to register as a sex offender and possible time in a juvenile detention center. If someone forwards the picture or text, they can be charged with distribution of child pornography. Asking a minor for sexual images can lead to a charge of criminal sexual solicitation.
  • It's a loss of control. Once the photo or text message is in the hands of someone else, the person who sent it in the first place no longer has control of who it gets shared with or where it ends up. Pictures and screenshots can be shown or sent to anyone or posted anywhere on the internet.
  • It can ruin your future. Being caught taking or distributing sexual contact can lead to colleges revoking scholarships or acceptances. Sports teams or other extracurricular activities may retract membership. If someone becomes a registered sex offender, they can never become an elected official, work with children, or volunteer at a school or other organization that includes contact with children. Sex offenders can be denied housing at the discretion of the landlord or neighborhood.
  • It can lead to abuse. Exchanging sexual content increases the likelihood of becoming a victim of sexual abuse.

Information for Families

Tips to help parents / guardians protect their learners from dangers on the internet can be found at the following websites: