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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:

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

Wellness at SM

How To Help A Friend

Know The Signs...

Contact Wellness

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

Resources

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.