CHOC RESOURCE SPECIALIST LINE AVAILABLE
We are offering a Resource Specialist Line with CHOC Children’s Hospital to support parents seeking qualified and reputable professional mental health resources for their children. Parents and guardians of SM students seeking information about local mental health resources can schedule a call with our contracted resource specialist to get linked to available resources to meet a variety of student needs.
Call (657) 390-3835 or email Kristen.Megerian@choc.org (with “SMCHS Parent Inquiry” in the subject line) to schedule a phone appointment. This service is free to SM parents/guardians and confidential.
In your email include:
1) Preferred call back number
3) Main concern(s) that you have about your child's mental health
CHOC and OC Department of Education Resources
If this is an emergency, dial 911
During School Hours: 7:15am – 3:45pm
Phone: 949-766-6084 Email: Wellness@smhs.org
Wellness referrals and emails will be read and addressed during normal school hours. If there is an urgent need for mental health services or support outside of school hours, please go to the nearest emergency room or contact the Orange County Warmline 24/7 at (714) 991-6412.
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OC Referrals List with Private Practice Resources
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If you need immediate assistance please utilize Text A Tip (949) 682-8847, the Orange County Warmline at (714) 991-6412 or in the event of an emergency dial 911.
(949) 682-UTIP or (949) 682-8847
• Abuse / Bullying / Harassment
• Drug Sales / Drug Use
• Safety Concerns About a Friend
• Suspicious Activity
• Threats to Campus Safety
The texts are reviewed by our Orange County Sheriff’s School Resource Officer and by school administration. Although these texts are confidential (identities will not be disclosed), they are not anonymous. Intentionally false or misleading texts are taken very seriously, and could result in school discipline or investigation by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
The WeTip 2.0 program is designed to be a community-wide incident reporting program. Students, parents, employees, etc. can submit a tip by clicking on the "WeTip" link at the bottom of the SMCHS website. These tips are reviewed by our Orange County Sherriff’s School Resource Officer and by school administration. Those submitting a tip may choose to remain anonymous. Intentionally false or misleading tips are taken very seriously, and could result in school discipline or investigation by the Orange County Sherriff’s Department.
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."
Director of Wellness
Joy Cleary, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC)
Joy Cleary brings a wealth of experience in school-based mental health services to SMCHS. She has developed and implemented many school-based Wellness Programs in Orange County and maintains a private practice in adolescent counseling. Ms. Cleary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who 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.
Associate Director of Wellness
Susan Sansour, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Susan Sansour is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has dedicated her career to serving the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and their families. Mrs. Sansour has worked in school, residential, and outpatient mental health settings throughout her career. During this time, she has developed and facilitated training programs for mental health providers and for local community members on various topics impacting adolescent mental well-being. Mrs. Sansour currently serves as the Associate Director of Wellness at Santa Margarita High School where she provides brief individual counseling, group counseling, and workshops for students. She also collaborates with administration, faculty, coaches, and staff on ways to support student wellness needs throughout campus.
Karla Inzunza, Master of Social Work (MSW)
Karla Inzunza has worked as a public health social worker assisting adults and adolescents in diverse populations. She has provided educational groups, linkage to care, consultation to non-profit organizations, and has been involved in community coalitions; collaborating efforts to implement a more inclusive and integrated care system for adolescents. Her years as a social worker have been focused on prevention and whole person care. Ms. Inzunza currently works as a Wellness Counselor for SMCHS, providing supportive services to meet the various needs of students. She is also a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker who is supervised by Joy Cleary, LCSW.
Multi-Tiered System of Support
- 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
- Mindfulness Exercises
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.