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WELLNESS AT SMCHS

As a Catholic school, we seek to empower students in all areas of their life-long learning
and understand the importance of nurturing not only the developing mind, but also the
body and spirit for overall wellness.
CHOC commends SM for investing in additional mental health support for their students, demonstrating a strong commitment to their health and well-being and a promise of a better future for our children."

- CHOC CHILDREN'S CHIEF PSYCHOLOGIST DR. HEATHER HUSZTI

What is mental health?


"Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."

What is wellness?

"A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

TIPS reporting



SM is committed to providing a safe, healthy and secure learning environment for students and staff. TIPS is a web-based incident reporting and incident management platform that empowers students, parents, teachers, staff, administrators and community members to be heard and to anonymously report warning signs and trouble. The goal of TIPS is prevention and to help identify red flags before an incident occurs or escalates.

Suicide Prevention Policy

"Chaptered as California Education Code (EC) Section 215, AB 2246 mandates that the Governing Board of any LEA that serves pupils in grades seven to twelve, inclusive, adopt a policy on pupil suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention....While the mandate does not apply to private schools or schools with students below grade seven, we encourage private schools and schools with students below seventh grade to consider adopting a suicide prevention policy as a safety net for all of their students. This is particularly important since suicide is now the second leading cause of death for youth ages thirteen to eighteen..." - California Department of Education

Contact Wellness to review SM's Policy.

Hours:
7:15am - 3:45pm
Phone:
949-766-6029
Email:

How To Help A Friend

Know The Signs...

Mental Health Advisory Board

An external advisory board of local mental health professionals and advocates was developed in 2018 to share professional insights and fill knowledge gaps by:

  • Reviewing prevention and response protocols
  • Sharing trends, articles, research, resources and events
  • Advising on tactics for campus-wide initiatives
  • Connecting SM to local/regional groups and authorities as appropriate
  • Convening twice annually

School Climate Advisory Committee

This newly formed student advisory committee brings a diverse group of students to the table to advise administration on school culture and climate, and champion efforts to foster an inclusive, caring and respectful environment.


Mental Health and Wellness Task Force

An internal Mental Health and Wellness Task Force was developed to ensure representatives from all adult stakeholder groups at SM convene regularly to share their experiences with students and peers in order to identify needs as well as the strategies and initiatives to address them. The task force is comprised of representatives from each of the following groups:

  • Counseling
  • School psychologist
  • Campus ministry
  • Nurses office
  • Staff/faculty
  • Athletics
  • Arts
  • Parent liaison
  • Administration

Upcoming Events

Red Ribbon Week
Parent Presentation
Oct. 28
Guest speaker to focus on making good choices and teen peer pressure. Click here to RSVP.
Student assembly will also be held on Oct. 28

Mothers Club/SM Counseling Coffee: Achieving Balance and Life Skills
Nov. 15
9-11 a.m. RSM Bell Tower

Wellness at SM

Counseling Department

The Counseling Department at SMCHS provides services to all students that go beyond academic and college advising. Our counselors hold Masters in Counseling and counseling credentials, as well as specialized training in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

The SM Counseling Department has an open-door policy. Students are welcome to come to the counselors with any questions or concerns that they might have throughout the school day.
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Psychological Services

From time to time, high school students face problems that relate to learning, social relationships, decision making, and/or managing emotions like worry, anxiety or depression. School psychologist Dr. Blake Oldfield provides a safe and confidential space for all students and families to receive guidance in resolving both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues. If you would like to set a time to speak with Dr. Oldfield, please contact him at the following email address:

OldfieldB@smhs.org

Nurses Office

Please let us know if you are having a stressful day and need to decompress and/or talk. Sometimes it helps to share what is troubling you. Have some nutrition or a piece of candy, rest/meditate before returning to class. All are welcome to visit the office.
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Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry and all of its staff are committed to offering any and all SM students a place to rest and be heard. Our offices are always open for those wishing to talk about matters of life and faith, and the office itself is open before school, during lunch, and after school as a place for students to gather, eat lunch, and hang out. All are welcome!
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Activities Office

All are welcome to come to the ASB Room and have some fun! Table tennis, foosball, air hockey, pop-a-shot are setup and available for student use when the ASB Room is not being used as a meeting space. Room is located on the 1st floor of the G Building and is usually available during student lunches and after school.

Borchard Library

We are a vibrant and dynamic student learning center where students can relax, collaborate, and learn in a safe and welcoming environment. The library’s “Unplug and Reboot” campaign offers activities to help students de-stress. Looking for a quiet place to study? The Quiet Study Room offers peaceful silence. Rather unwind with a book written by a bestselling or up-and-coming author? We have over 200 advance reader copies of young adult books that have not yet been published. Visit the library if you need to relax and reenergize. We have something for everyone!

GO TO THE LIBRARY

Sapphire at School

Sapphire at School brings to the table thoughtfully-sourced, healthy menus, prepared by chefs, that are carefully selected to emphasize variety, flavor and balance and provide a foundation for a lifetime of wellbeing.

Contact Wellness

Hours:
7:15am - 3:45pm
Phone:
949-766-6029
Email:

Resources

Crisis Hotlines

  • Crisis Text Line:
    Text HELLO to 741741

  • Teen Line Peer to Peer Support:
    Text TEEN to 839863 or call 1-800-852-8336
    (5 days/week (6:30–10:00PM)
  • NAMI OC Warm Line: 714-991-6412

Centralized Assessment Team (CAT)

1-866-830-6011 or
714-517-6353

This team talks to kids and teens to see what type of help they need, which could include going to an inpatient psychiatric hospital to keep them safe.

Suicide Prevention

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Go to website

Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

  • New Hope Crisis Counseling Hot Line of Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange or 714-639-4673

Mental Health

Physical Health

Anxiety

Depression

Grief & Loss

Mobile Apps

Disordered Eating

Trauma/Abuse

Substance Abuse

SAMSA provides referrals to local mental health and/or substance abuse treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations:

Self Injury

Bullying & Cyberspace

College Transition

OCD

Drugs/Vaping

Communication

Parenting in a Digital World

Local Resources


  • Child Guidance Center – Mental Health, Child Abuse, substance abuse counseling: 714-793-9484

  • OC LINKS -
    Information & referral to help navigate OC mental health services:
    1-855-OCLINKS

Referrals

THIS IS MEANT TO BE A RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES RESEARCHING PROVIDERS AND IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF SERVICES. SMCHS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF OR SERVICE PROVIDED BY ANY REFERRALS listed.

We are incredibly grateful to our friends at CHOC, Our Lady Queen of Angels Mental Health Ministry, St. Ignatius College Preparatory and the Making Caring Common Project for their continued guidance and counsel as we develop stronger mental health and wellness resources and support at SM.