Wellness Program Offers Expanded Support Services
After significant research and planning, and with your support and the guidance of experts from around the country, we are expanding support services for our students this year. The Wellness Program will provide mental health education, training, resources and referrals to support students and their families in meeting the challenges of adolescence. Our new Wellness Coordinator Beth Chapman will be the on-campus resource for students, and will collaborate with the counseling department, school nurses, Campus Ministry and outside providers as needed and when appropriate. She will facilitate:
- Faculty and staff training
- Parent and student education
- Individual and group meetings with students to address a variety of common adolescent social and emotional issues including: peer relationships, academic stress, anxiety, depression, parent/child communication, grief and loss, substance abuse, resiliency and self-advocacy.
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
Train your brain and set yourself up for success.
Learn mindfulness practices to get the most out of your studying to perform at your best.
Monday, Dec. 7, 3:30-4:30pm
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5:30-6:30pm
In these sessions, you will learn:
- A formal mindfulness meditation practice
- A grounding practice to settle into the present moment
- Techniques to enhance your present moment awareness
- A pre-exam ritual to set yourself up for success and more!
Benefits of Mindfulness:
- Increased focus and concentration
- Decreased anxiety
- Build Resilience
- Develop a more accurate and positive mindset
The sessions will be led by Amy Noelle, a certified mindfulness teacher and lifestyle and wellness mental performance coach. Watch a video from Ms. Noelle to learn more.
Meet the New Wellness Coordinator
Ms. Beth Chapman LCSW, PPSC, comes to us with a B.A. from the University of Redlands and Master of Social Work from Cal State Long Beach. She holds a PPSC in Child Welfare and PPSC in School Social Work. She most recently served as an Intervention Specialist for Capistrano Unified School District. Ms. Chapman will facilitate individual and group counseling for students to address a variety of common adolescent social and emotional issues including peer relationships, academic stress, anxiety and depression, parent/child communication, grief and loss, substance abuse, resiliency and self-advocacy.
Contact Ms. Chapman at:
Meet the Interim Director of Wellness
Joy Cleary, LCSW, PPSC brings a wealth of experience in school-based mental health services to SMCHS. Ms. Cleary has developed and implemented many school-based Wellness Programs in Orange County and maintains a private practice in adolescent counseling. Joy has an MSW from USC and a BS and BA from Santa Clara University. She will be collaborating with the Administration, the Counseling Department, Student Support Services Programs, the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force and Advisory Board, Challenge Success team, and Faculty/Staff to implement a comprehensive Wellness Program at SMCHS.
Multi-Tiered System of Support
"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.
- Better Together: The Principal's Team Blog
- "I'm Fine" - a short film by SM alumni. View the film. (Mature subject matter.)
CHOC Children's Mental Health Update
- June 2020
- How to talk to kids about racism
- November 2019
- About pediatric mental illness
- August 2019
- Does your child suffer from anxiety?
- July 2019
- Tips for enjoying an unplugged family vacation
- June 2019
- April 2019
- March 2019
- Crisis Hotlines
- Centralized Assessment Team (CAT)
- Suicide Prevention
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
- Mental Health Care
- Physical Health
- Grief & Loss
- Mobile Apps
- Disordered Eating
- Substance Abuse - Drugs/Vaping
- Self Injury
- Bullying & Cyberspace
- College Transition
- Parenting in a Digital World
- Local Resources
- Mental Health Education
- Social Media and Media
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.