Mental Health Services

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What is mental health wellness? Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential, cope with the stress of life, work productively and make meaningful contributions to their communities.  

How do I learn more about mental health wellness?   DCS partners with the community to provide parent sessions and resources on many mental health topics.  These offerings and resources are communicated through the DCS web site, email, and social media such as Twitter and Facebook.  Parent sessions are marketed through our Parent University. Additional information and resources can be found at each of the websites listed below. Your child’s school counselor or Syntero clinician can also assist you in finding resources. 

How can Dublin City Schools help?   Mental health and substance use supports are available in every school building. Service is determined based on the student’s need and may include support from a school counselor, a student support specialist (S3), or a Syntero clinician. In addition, the district has substance use specialists available to support students and families.

Students and families may always request help to access mental health and/or substance use supports through the school counselor or through any school staff member. Refer to school building staff directory for specific staff contact information.

What are potential signs of mental health issues?

~ Sad, hopeless or irritable                                                                   ~ Overly anxious or worried

~ Scared and fearful; frequent nightmares                                           ~ Excessive anger

~ Using alcohol or drugs                                                                       ~ Avoiding people; wanting to be alone all of the time 

~ Hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there                              ~ Unable to concentrate, sit still, or focus attention 

~ Talking about suicide or death                                                           ~ Hurting other people or animals; damaging property 

~ Major changes in eating or sleeping habits                                       ~ Loss of interest in friends or things usually enjoyed

~ Falling behind in school or earning lower grades                          ~ Hearing voices or seeing things that aren’t there

~ Needing to wash, clean things, or perform certain rituals

   many times a day 



Mental Health Services Provided by Dublin City Schools Student Support Specialists

Dublin City Schools employs specialists that work with students presenting mental health needs that significantly impact their academic success. Student Support Specialist staff members are trained mental health professionals who have a master’s level degree in social work. The Student Support Specialist holds a license from The Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board and a Pupil Services License from the Ohio Department of Education. 

The mission of the Student Support Specialist is to enhance the social and emotional growth and academic outcomes of all students. The framework is designed to support all students by promoting student well being and personal success.

Student Support Specialist services are an integral part of the education of all children by collaborating with schools, families and communities to reduce barriers to student learning and enhance positive mental wellness.  Services focus on enhancing the student’s ability to acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for becoming a healthy, productive individual. This staff is committed to provide services to students in a way that builds upon individual strengths, respects diversity and life experiences, prioritizes personal goals and fosters meaningful relationships.  The ultimate goal is to promote and support students’ academic and social success.

Administrator for Student Support Specialist Services

Lenore Cereghini, Student Services Coordinator 


Student Support Specialists

Michele Armstrong:

Building: Jerome

Karen Keane:

Building: Scioto


Kristi Masters:

Building: Coffman

Megan Honeycutt:

Building: Grizzell

Kim Oppliger:

Building: Emerald Campus - The Bridge, Paths

Lauren Dues:

Building: Davis

Alissa Shrader:

Buildings: Sells, Indian Run

Morgan Lushinsky: 

Building: Wright 


Julie Hemmerich:

Buildings: Karrer, Pinney, Glacier Ridge

Alyssa Warner: 

Buildings: Chapman, Bailey, Thomas, Olde Sawmill

Brianna McGraw:

Buildings: Wyandot, Riverside, Deer Run, Scottish Corners 

Mental Health Crisis Resources


Franklin County:  ages 17 and under call  (614) 722-1800 

Franklin County:  ages 18 and older call  (614) 276-CARE (2273) or (888) 276-2273

Delaware County: HelpLine Crisis Hotline: 1-800-684-2324

Union County: Crisis Hotline: 1-800-731-5577

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Text: 4HOPE to 741741 

Local Resources


Hands on Central Ohio:

Helpline of Delaware and Morrow Counties:

Mental Health & Recovery Board of Union County:


Parent Resources (in no particular order)


Transforming the Difficult Child (Glasser, Easley)
How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too! (Severe)
Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills for Helping You Manage Mood Swings, Control Angry Outbursts, and Get Along with Others (Van Dijk)
How to Be the Parent You Always Wanted to Be (Faber, Mazlish)
The Whole-Brain Child (Siegel, Bryson)
How to Raise an Adult (Lythcott-Haims)
Parenting a Child Who Has Intense Emotions (Harvey, Penzo)
Don’t Shoot the Dog! The New Art of Teaching and Training (Pryor)
Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them (Greene)
No-Drama Discipline (Seigel, Bryson)
Positive Discipline (Nelsen)
The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children (Greene)
1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting (Phelan)
1-2-3 Magic Teen: Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood (Phelan)
Raising Boys with ADHD – Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Sons (Forgan, Richey)
What To Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger (Huber)
Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child (Greene)
The Big Book of Parenting Solutions (Borba)
The Motivation Breakthrough – 6 Secrets to Turning on the Tuned-Out Child (Lavoie)
Depression and your Child – A Guide for Parents and Caregivers (Serani)
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk (Faber, Mazlish)
The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teenagers Effectively (Chapman)
The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens (Covey)
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (Kranowitz)
Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood (Damour)


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Courses for Parents and Kids:

Dr. Ross Greene – Lives in the Balance:

An extensive list of helpful websites on a wide variety of topics:

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