School Mental Health
Since 2009, Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health has partnered with local middle and high schools to provide mental health services within the schools. Our program emphasizes early identification and prevention, and is designed to reduce stigma. By reducing stigma, we increase awareness about how to access services for students and families.
At present, the Center provides services in eight community high schools and four junior highs and middle schools. Like our other child and adolescent clinical staff, our School Mental Health Team are Master’s level clinicians with degrees in counseling, psychology, or social work, and all have a passion for working with young clients to help them address their social and emotional needs. Our staff spends 1-2 days per week in a school to help deliver education, identification, referrals and prevention and intervention services to students through individual and group counseling, as well as presentations for students, teachers and parents.
The School Mental Health Team also leads the Alexian Brothers Teen Advisory Board (AB TAB). AB TAB is a group of high school and middle school students who are passionate about getting the word out on mental health in the community. Together they brainstorm and create different service projects to help the community. In the 2013-2014 school year the members believed that creating a website for teens that was designed by teens to learn more about mental health issues and how they can get help, was the best way they could help their peers. They created the website AB TAGGED – Teens About Getting the Giant Elephant Discovered! – to reach fellow teens who might be struggling themselves or who might be looking for information to help a friend.
Check out the website at www.abtagged.com. Questions about School Mental Health or AB TAB may be directed to Barbara Howard, School Mental Health Team Leader.