Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Needs
The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that one in five adults in America experience a mental illness and nearly one in 25 adults in America live with a serious mental illness. In childhood one in five adolescents between ages 13 and 17 have or will have a mental illness. More alarming, it has been found that at least half of all chronic mental illness begin by the age of 14. Studies have shown that early intervention is the most effective approach to supporting the impact mental illness can have on an individual. WCPS is dedicated to monitoring the provision of mental health services within our schools and throughout the community.
Ten Common Warning Signs of Mental Health Issues
- Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
- Seriously trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so
- Severe out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors
- Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason
- Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or weight gain
- Seeing, hearing or believing things that are not real
- Repeatedly using drugs or alcohol
- Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality or sleeping habits
- Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still
- Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities
What Can You Do?
- Start the conversation about your concerns
- Offer support to the student
- Seek resources for help
- Reach out to the school for a student support team meeting
- Contact mental health providers at the school
WCPS Mental Health Teams
Below are links to additional information about school employed mental health teams that support the students of WCPS. For a list of current team members in the Department of School Counseling or the Office of Psychologist services please see the documents list to the right of this page.
For more information, contact the Coordinator of Mental Health Services at 301.766.8739.