Crisis Response - 1-888-568-1112
A twenty-four hour hotline for anyone struggling with any issue that compromises safety. For example, suicide, domestic violence, threat of harm to self or others are all appropriate concerns. If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, Crisis Response can be of assistance.
211 State of Maine Directory
By calling 211, you will be connected to a live person who can direct you to any mental health and social service agencies in our State. If you are seeking help on a particular issue such as homelessness, substance abuse treatment, eating disorders, or other mental health/social concerns this is a directory that you may find of service.
At York High School we understand that students are sometimes faced with additional, non-academic challenges that make learning difficult. Student Services is staffed with four full-time counselors and one full-time nurse who are trained to provide short-term counseling needs, triage, and referrals. Every student at York High School is assigned a student service counselor as their first point of service with any academic, social, or personal concern. Our school nurse is also available throughout the day for any medical or personal concern.
We understand that our students are sometimes faced with sickness, loss, eating disorders, substance abuse issues, divorce, and a whole host of other unplanned events that can make school even more challenging. We do not want our students to feel alone and therefore are ready and willing to help where we can.
Finally, we understand that any adolescent across this country will likely be exposed to the choice to use substances at some point during their high school career. From the first day of high school here at York, students are empowered to make the healthy choices and abstain from substance use while in high school. Students are encouraged to join Sober Friends and are educated in their year-long health classes about making healthy choices. Various Drug Awareness evenings and programs are put on each year for our students and families.
Research shows that students who hold off on any experimentation until they are 18 years of age or older can reduce their chances by 40% of having a problem with addiction later in life. We also know that students who begin experimentation prior to the age of 15 are four times more likely to have a problem with substances in their adult life regardless of family history. We hope that we can depend on our parents and community members to model appropriate behaviors for teens. Please be clear about your expectations and rules at home and remember that it is a reasonable expectation that children are raised to be law-abiding citizens.
As we all know, the legal age to drink is 21, to smoke cigarettes is 18, and illegal drugs are just that, illegal. Research confirms that parents are still the number one influence on their children.