Ask Gabby: Who Can I Go to for Support?

Gabriela Castaneda, Staffer

Four years. Forty-eight months. One thousand four hundred and sixty days.


 High school can feel constricting, and everyone knows this feeling—the feeling of being trapped inside four empty walls. Sometimes I can’t imagine myself graduating and moving on since these four walls are all I have known since elementary school. 


Although I am thankful for free education, I can’t help but feel that the culture that comes along with free education, is draining and overpowering. Think about it—okay? We go to school for about seven and a half hours a day, five days a week with twenty-one hundred other zombies. It gets difficult.


 So then, who can we go to for support when life feels too hard to handle?


From my personal experience, I would say going to someone who you feel comfortable with, like a parent or guardian, would be the best option. Trusted adults, teachers, and even friends can also be beneficial when you’re going through a difficult time, like a family matter or “Scholastic-Stress.”


The safety and well being of every Mariner Student is the number one priority for the staff and administrators. Every teacher, administrator, and even lunch lady wants each and every one of us to live a happy and enjoyable life.


Sadly, self-harm and suicide seem to be to frequently considered as options. In fact, 17.2% of students reported seriously considering suicide, in a study conducted by the Children Trends Association, in 2017. 


Luckily, there are a multitude of hotlines that are accessible and free of charge if you need someone to vent to. If you’re reading this right now, I’m sure you have access to the internet, if not at home, then at school. This means you can access the Suicide Prevention hotline, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, The National Child Abuse Hotline, as well as so many other helpful and life-saving resources. All of these hotlines are available online, but you may also call or message them directly. 


All of the hotlines listed here, along with so many other crisis helplines, are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and completely free of charge. Please do not feel any shame in calling or messaging any mental health-related resources, as they are super helpful when going through a rough patch. They may even save a life, and that is so much more valuable than an “A” on any exam. 


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