Mental Health Services
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 ritual 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Keane: email@example.com
Kristi Masters: firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Honeycutt: email@example.com
Kim Oppliger: firstname.lastname@example.org
Building: Emerald Campus - The Bridge, Paths
Lauren Dues: email@example.com
Alissa Shrader: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buildings: Sells, Indian Run
Morgan Lushinsky: email@example.com
Julie Hemmerich: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buildings: Karrer, Pinney, Glacier Ridge
Alyssa Warner: email@example.com
Buildings: Chapman, Bailey, Thomas, Olde Sawmill
Brianna McGraw: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buildings: Wyandot, Riverside, Deer Run, Scottish Corners
Mental Health Crisis Resources
IN CASE OF A MENTAL HEALTH EMERGENCY CALL 911 OR GO TO YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY ROOM
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
Hands on Central Ohio: https://handsoncentralohio.org/locate-services/2-1-1/
Helpline of Delaware and Morrow Counties: http://helplinedelmor.org/
Mental Health & Recovery Board of Union County: https://www.mhrbuc.org/
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: livesinthebalance.org
An extensive list of helpful websites on a wide variety of topics:
The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify
SAMHSA provides an abundance of information: help for finding treatment, crisis and support hotlines, current research, resources.
Mental Health America (MHA) –community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.
Resources and information related to mental health.