- 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
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.
Upcoming Community Events
Mindful Parenting of Anxious Children & Teens
- Start Date: 09/08/2019
- Instructor(s): Sapna Chopra, PhD & Susan Halim, MA, MS, LMFT
UC Irvine -
Susan Samueli Integrative Health Clinic
Worry and anxiety plague today’s youth. As a result, parents are often swept up in the distress and feel frustrated, confused and helpless when best intentioned strategies to reassure, control or avoid do not work.
This is a morning of mindfulness practice, discussion and skill building based on recent findings in neurobiology that parents can use to empower children (and themselves) to navigate difficult emotions and become more resilient while enhancing the parent-child bond.MORE INFO HERE
- Counseling Department
- Psychological Services
- Nurses Office
- Campus Ministry
- Activities Office
- Borchard Library
- Sapphire at School
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.
GO TO COUNSELING
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
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.
GO TO NURSING
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!
GO TO CAMPUS MINISTRY
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.
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
- Crisis Hotlines
- Centralized Assessment Team (CAT)
- Suicide Prevention
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange
- 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
- CHOC Children'sSuicide Prevention -Overview
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
- Child Guidance Center – Mental Health, Child Abuse, substance abuse counseling: 714-793-9484
- OC LINKS -
Information & referral to help navigate OC mental health services:
- Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance 714-744-8718 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.