Punahou Academy School Counseling & Community Resources
The teachers and counselors of the S+Well Department, which stands for Support and Wellness, encourage everyone in the Punahou community to find a healthy balance in life.
The S+Well Department offers a range of students services including, counseling, learning support, responsive services, advisory, and study hall. They also offer both required and elective courses in psychology and social emotional and ethical learning.
The department’s location in Alexander Hall, a technology- and conversation-free zone, is a comfortable and calm setting for students to reset, refresh and recalibrate during their day.
During distance learning, virtual counseling services are available. Students can meet with a school counselor via Webex.
Counselors are available during the school day from 7:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
If you would like to request counseling, please fill out the secure form.
A counselor will contact you by email to schedule a distance counseling appointment soon, though perhaps not the same day.
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Why See a Counselor?
Possible reasons to see a counselor:
Stress and anxiety
Changes in mood and/or behavior (e.g., sleep, eating habits)
Friends/peer relationships; dating relationships
Grief and loss
Multicultural and diversity inclusion concerns
Self-harm or suicidal thoughts
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Tip of the Month - March
Spring break is right around the corner! The chapel theme this month is na'auao (wisdom, knowledge, and insight). This school year has been filled with many adversities but something positive that has come from it is the wisdom and knowledge we have gained. Our community has persevered and created a safe and new normal. We have come together and found the silver lining in these adversities and showed our ability to think out of the box.
An activity that our SURF classes practice is REFRAMING. We encourage you all to practice REFRAMING and having a growth mindset. When we reframe, we adjust our thinking to view an experience differently. During COVID, our routines were shuffled in ways that weren't comfortable or easy. Often we were required to sacrifice more than felt appropriate and many of our ideas about boundaries were challenged. And, we learned how much we appreciate and rely on the people who deliver our mail, provide our groceries, and collect garbage.
To reframe COVID, we can seek opportunities to appreciate this experience. Were you able to read more? Or, perhaps improve your baking skills? Did you rediscover game night? Or, puzzles? How grateful are your pets that you are home more? This worksheet from Harvard University's Stress & Development Lab might help you practice reframing experiences in your life.
Resources for Immediate Support (24/7)
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Emergency: Call 911
Crisis Hotline: text ALOHA to 741741
ACCESS Crisis Line (O'ahu): 808.832.3100
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 808.273-TALK (8255)
Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 1.866.488.7386
Sex Abuse Treatment Center: 808.524.7273
Hawai'i Child Welfare Services: 808.832.5300
The S+Well Counselors
The S+Well counselors include licensed counselors and licensed mental health clinicians: