- CHOC CHILDREN'S CHIEF PSYCHOLOGIST DR. HEATHER HUSZTI
"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."
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.
MAKING CARING COMMON:
In line with our Caritas Christi charism, SM was a charter member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common Campaign in 2018 and continues to turn to MCC for guidance with evidence-based school strategies and initiatives to build a caring and inclusive school community.
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:
- School psychologist
- Campus ministry
- Nurses office
- Parent liaison
- Crisis Hotlines
- Centralized Assessment Team (CAP)
- Suicide Prevention
- Mental Health
- Physical Health
- Grief & Loss
- Mobile Apps
- Disordered Eating
- Substance Abuse
- Self Injury
- Bullying & Cyberspace
- College Transition
- Parenting in a Digital World
- Local Resources
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-877-727-4747
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- The Jed Foundation
- 1-800-Suicide (1-800-784-2433): a national hotline number where calls will be answered by trained counselors who will give local referral numbers.
- Know the Signs - https://www.suicideispreventable.org/
SAMSA provides referrals to local mental health and/or substance abuse treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations:
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
- New Hope Crisis Counseling Hot Line of Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange or 714-639-4673
- CHOC Mental Health
- Child Guidance Center – Mental Health, Child Abuse, substance abuse counseling: 714-793-9484
- Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services
- OC LINKS -
Information & referral to help navigate OC mental health services: 1-855-OCLINKS
- National Alliance on Mental Illness Orange County (NAMI OC) 714 544-8488
- Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance 714-744-8718 email@example.com
- Dr. Miriam Mott's referral list
These lists and tips are meant to be a resource for families researching providers and are not an endorsement of their services. SMCHS is not responsible for the content of or service provided by any of these referrals.
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.