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 - December
The month of December brings us to the last month of the year. Our Chapel theme is Mana’o’i’o (faith, hope, trust). Many of our students shared that during this time of the pandemic they find that they are more grateful than before. This time surely has made us appreciate all the little things. We as a community recognize that regardless of the challenges we have faced, one thing is certain our community is resilient. Through all of our challenges we have remained faithful and hopeful. #PunahouStrong
Before the year ends, create a symbol of hope for your family. It could be a # (e.g., #PunahouStrong), it could be a quote (Do what you can with what you have where you are. - T. Roosevelt) or it could be a family song. It doesn't have to be fancy, just something to remind each of you that you are in this together and you'll get through this together.
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: