Childhood and adolescent mental disorders affect many children and families. Students of all ages, genders, ethnic/racial backgrounds, and living in all regions of the United States experience mental disorders. It is estimated that 1 in 5 of children living in the United States experience a mental disorder in a given year. Early detection of childhood mental health problems, timely referral, and access to appropriate services leads to improvements in both mental disorder symptoms AND school performance.
In an effort to support student's mental health, our district offers support within a multi-tiered system. ISD 728 is committed to supporting the health and well-being of our students. For information about services/supports available at your child's school, contact their school counselor, school social worker or principal. Highlighted below are mental health support services offered in collaboration with community partners:
Anxiety Management Groups
Anxiety groups are run by Cindy Lovelette, a consultant who specializes in helping adults and adolescents overcome their anxiety. You can check out her website at EmpoweringU
DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the group is run by a therapist from Bridging Hope Counseling. The purpose of the group is to help students develop positive skills and patterns of behavior that will help them to be more successful in relationships, emotional well-being, and in life.
This is a good fit for families seeking outside counseling support for their student and feel it would be best to receive this support during the school day. Counselors from local mental health agencies will work with the students just as they would in their private practice, the session takes place at school.