• Welcome to the Counselor's Corner!


    Susan Morris, PK - 12 Counselor


    My name is Susan Morris, and this will be my third year as the Entiat School Counselor.  My current role includes helping students with problems they might face, teaching social emotional learning (SEL) K-12, running groups as necessary, serving on the Administrative and Leadership teams.  In addition, I serve as the Foster Care and McKinney-Vento liaison, 504 Coordinator, and coordinate with community partners such as the Wenatchee Valley Toy Drive, Children’s Home Society and Catholic Charities, as well as other duties that might arise. 

    If you have any questions regarding the listed items or any questions in general, please do not hesitate to reach out to me!  I look forward to our meeting soon.


    Additional Resources:

    Suicide Awareness and Prevention

    Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 12-19 year old students.

    If you know someone you believe to be at risk, call 988 or

    1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide and Crisis Hotline


    Risk factors:

    Relationship problems

    Life stressors

    Loss of home and/or recent impending crisis

    Local clusters of suicide

    Lack of social support

    Stigma of asking for help

    Cultural and religious beliefs

    Exposed to suicide in the media

    Lack of mental health and substance abuse treatment

    Diagnosis of mental illness

    Previous suicide attempts and family history of

    Sexual minority youth – LGBTQ++

    Trauma history – physical/sexual abuse, neglect, bullying, natural disaster

    Substance abuse – alcohol, drugs, lack of health care treatment

    Access to lethal means

    Thwarted belongingness – when fundamental needs for connectedness are not met

    Perceived burdensomeness – perception that others would be “better off if I were gone”

    Violent daydreaming – enduring, vivid and emotional thoughts about violent acts, such as death, suicide and revenge may be a suicidal actor

    Youth 12-17 are more likely to report suicidal ideation if they experience either school-based bullying or online bullying, but either one alone does not increase suicidal attempts.

    Other potential risk factors:  sleep issues, personality traits, substance abuse, non-suicidal self-harm, or exposure to self-harm (family or friends)


    Warning Signs

    Threatening to hurt or kill self

    Looking for ways to kill self; seeking access to pills, weapons or other means

    Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide

    General hostile or oppositional behavior

    Fairly rapid change not typical of the person – sleeping/eating more or less, different friends, change in hygiene habits, risky behaviors, loss of enjoyment, no reason to live


    Rage, anger or seeking revenge

    Increased use of alcohol or drugs

    Gathering the means – buying firearms, saving up pills

    Settling affairs, disposing of, or giving away possessions, suddenly atypically at peace

    Romanticized suicide leading to copy-cat behaviors, especially for adolescents.


    Protective Factors

    ●Positive social support


    ●Sense of responsibility to family

    ●Children in the home

    ●Life satisfaction

    ●Reality testing ability

    ●Sense of belongingness

    ●Absence of feeling like a burden

    ●Focus on the positive for girls,

    ●Focus on self-discovery for boys

    ●Beloved pets

    ●Positive coping skills and problem-solving skills

    ●Frustration tolerance

    ●Restricting lethal means

    ●Effective clinical care and clinical interventions



    For LGBTQ++ - in addition to above

    ●Family acceptance for LGBTQ++

    ●A sense of general and school safety

    ●Positive sexual and gender identity

    ●Connections to friends and others who care about the person at risk

    ●Access to quality, culturally appropriate, LGBTQ++-affirming mental health treatment and improved diagnostics


    What to do

    Be direct

    Be willing to listen

    Be non-judgmental

    Be available

    GET HELP!!!


    If suicide is imminent, do not leave the person alone.

    Call 911

    Get another adult to help remove means of suicide

    Contact the family




    Be direct.  Ask, “Are you thinking of suicide?”

    Avoid encouraging them to say NO by asking, “You’re not thinking about killing yourself, are you?”

    Choose a private time when you will really be able to listen to the answer

    Asking the question DOES NOT increase the risk.



    Listen first, then persuade.

    Give your full attention, don’t interrupt, speak only when the other person has finished.

    Help them identify and write down reasons for living (this may be the easiest and most powerful risk factor to change)

    After listening, ask “Will you go with me to see a counselor?” (or any other professional person:  doctor, nurse, pastor, etc.)

    Things to say: “Suicide is not a good solution to any problem.”  “There is a way to get through this.”  And, “I want you to live.”



    The best referral is when you personally take the person you are worried about to a mental health provider or other appropriate professional (could be the emergency room.)

    It’s better to have an angry friend or loved one than a dead one.


    Hotline:  988 or 1-8—273-8255 (TALK)

    Teen Link

    Teen Link’s free support services are available to youth throughout Washington State.

    Teen Link supports youth through our free peer-to-peer phone, chat, and text lines. Our teen volunteers are trained to support youth by talking with them about their situations related to bullying, drug and alcohol use, relationships, stress, depression, suicide, self-harm, or anything that may come up. We like to say, no issue is too big to too small for Teen Link!

    In addition to our free youth support line, we also offer a free Substance Use Prevention Line for teens, or adults concerned about a teen, to reach out to for help related to substance use prevention, education, communication strategies, treatment, etc.

    • Teen Link phone, chat, and text support lines are open every day from 6-10pm
    • Teen Link Substance Use line is open Monday - Friday from 1-10pm
    • Call us toll free: 1.866.833.6546 (Interpreter services available!)
    • For more information, visit our website at www.teenlink.org

    Home - Teen Link

    You’re not alone. There is someone that’s willing to listen to you without judgment. Teen Link is a program of Crisis Connections that serves youth in Washington State. Our teen volunteers are trained to listen to your concerns and talk with you about whatever’s on your mind – bullying, drug and alcohol concerns, relationships, stress, depression or any other issues you’re facing.