Life at Punahou

The S+Well

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  • 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.

School Counseling

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.

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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
    • Family issues
    • Grief and loss
    • Multicultural and diversity inclusion concerns
    • Academic 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:
  • Kimee Cruz-Kalahiki
  • Stephanie Passamonte
  • Chaplain George Scott
  • Dr. Tracie Takeshita

Contact

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