Mental Health Services Pyramid
  • 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:

    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:

    National Resources

    Jason Foundation

    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

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    SAMHSA provides an abundance of information: help for finding treatment, crisis and support hotlines, current research, resources.

    Mental Health America

    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.

    National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

    Resources and information related to mental health.