We are an Island in mourning.
Empathy, caring, kindness and compassion- the focus of our exploration this month, takes on new relevance as our community grieves the loss of Quentin Blevins, a junior at Bainbridge High School.
Many of us struggle to know what to say to our kids, and each other, about the death of a friend, child or classmate, which is why we are sharing the following article on how to help.
How to Help a Grieving Teen
Adapted from Helping Teens Cope with Death by The Dougy Center- The National Center for Grieving Children and Families.
What is it like for teenagers when someone close to them dies? How do they respond to the death of a parent, a sibling, a relative, a friend?
In our work with teenagers, we’ve learned that teens respond better to adults who choose to be companions on the grief journey rather than direct it. We have also discovered that adult companions need to be aware of their own grief issues and journeys because their experiences and beliefs impact the way they relate to teens. READ MORE HERE.
If you feel you or your teen needs help, here is a list of resources:
- Bainbridge Youth Services (206)842-9675 https://askbys.org/
- Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas (800)843-4793 crisisclinicofthepeninsulas.org
- Boys Town USA Hotline (800)448-3000 http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org
- Kitsap Mental Health Services (360)373-3425 http://www.kitsapmentalhealth.org/
- Crisis Text Line Text Text START to 741741 http://www.crisistextline.org/
- Bainbridge Psychotherapy Guild http://bainbridgepsychotherapy.org/