Mental Health Awareness and Resources

Last Updated: 2/18/2021 3:25 PM

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Lowndes County Public Schools seeks to help beak down barriers associated with the stigma of mental illness by creating public awareness through resource management.  One of the remaining taboos in many communities of color is the stigma around mental illness. Whether it’s depression or anxiety (or, the worst-case scenario, suicide), there is a longstanding belief in these communities that such concerns are taboo, and their impact is the problem of “the other.” Though communities of color, because of socioeconomic challenges, may be at higher risk for poor mental health, this stigma contributes to a reluctance to recognize the need for the help of a physician or therapist. For many in the African American community, our story is one of perseverance and resilience.  We must also change the narrative from a conversation about mental illness to a conversation about mental wellness. Mental health is, after all, more than depression, anxiety, or a bipolar disorder diagnosis. It is your overall emotional and mental wellbeing, including both positive and negative elements (National Council for Behavior Health - source).

Lowndes County Public Schools mental health services will use a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in collaboration with school administrators, teachers, counselors,  parents, students, school nurses and outside agencies to provide a framework of interventions and supports designed to address social - emotional, behavioral and academic challenges that some students face while navigating their academic pursuits. LCPS also seeks to incorporate an Early Warning System (EWS) that will provide alerts for those in need though a technical program app installed on all student devices. We will also use the Second Step Curriculum to provide instruction on social and emotional learning, bully prevention and child abuse awareness.

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Goals of LCPS Mental Health Services include:

Goal 1: Raise awareness of mental health issues in order to reduce stigma and promote the overall awareness of students, staff, and community. 

Goal 2: Positively influence educational outcomes as they relate to mental health and social emotional learning of LCPS students and staff. 

Goal 3: Narrow the gap between identified mental health needs of students and staff and service linkage by developing a comprehensive mental health delivery model. 

Goal 4: Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the collaborations between the District and community partners.

 

District Collaborations/Partnerships:

BB & H WELLNESS/334-676-2368

BEACON BEHAVIORAL HOSPITAL (AGES 6 - 18)/334-319-8724

BRANT CENTER COUNSELING (AGES 8 - 17)/334-526-2015

COUNCIL ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE (AGES 13 - 17)/334-262-1629

CROSSBRIDGE (AGES 12 - 18)/ 334-335-5040

FAMILY SUNSHINE CENTER/334-206-2100

H.I.M. - HOPE INSPIRED MINISTRIES (AGES 17 - 59)/334-548-4673

KAIROS COUNSELING CENTER (AGES 5 - 18)/334-328-6740

MONTGOMERY AREA MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES/334-279-7830

LOWNDES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES/334-548-3800

 

 

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Residential Treatment Centers:

BEACON BEHAVIORAL HOSPITAL/ 24/7 / AGES 6- 18/ASSESSMENT 334-319-8724
CROSSBRIDGE ADOLESCENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH/ AGES 12 - 18/AVAILABLE 24/7 334-717-2492 OR 286-3116
ALABAMA CLINICAL SCHOOL/BOYS ONLY/ HOURS: 8A - 5P/ AGES 9 - 18/ 1-205-836-9923
GLENWOOD CHILDREN'S RESIDENTIAL SERVICES/HOURS 8A - 4:30P/AGES 5 - 19/1-205-969-2880
HILLCREST BEHAVIORAL HEALTH/ 24/7/AGES 12-18/1-205-833-9000 OR 1-800-292-08553
LAUREL OAKS BEHAVIORAL CENTER/ 24/7/AGES 4 - 18/1-334-794-7373
SEQUEL NEW BEGINNINGS PROGRAM/GIRLS ONLY/AGES 12 - 18/NORTH ALABAMA - 1-256-725-7170/AFTER HOURS: 1-205-725-7170....MONTGOMERY, 1-334-647-1780

 

 

Local and National Helplines:                                                                                                                                                                                                           let's talk

ALATEENS - SUBSTANCE ABUSE HOTLINE/1-800-352-9996
AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION ANSWER CENTER/ HOURS: 8:30A TO 6:00P/1-888-357-7924
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION PUBLIC EDUCATION LINE/1-800-964-2000
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DATING VIOLENCE, STALKING - FAMILY SUNSHINE CENTER/1-334-263-0218/1-800-650-6522
HUMAN TRAFFICKING - FAMILY SUNSHINE CENTER/1-334-263-0218/1-888-908-7273
NATIONAL COCAINE HOTLINE/1-800-262-2463
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE/HOURS: 24/7/1-800-237-8255
NATIONAL YOUTH CRISIS HOTLINE/1-800-442-4673
TREATMENT REFERRAL HELPLINE/1-800-662-4957
SEXUAL ASSAULT - FAMILY SUNSHINE CENTER/1-334-263-0218
SUICIDE HOTLINES/HOURS:24/7/1800-784-2433/1800-272-8255/FOR HEARING AND SPEECH IMPAIRED 1-800-799-4889

Please follow the Lowndes County Public Schools - Mental Health Awareness Facebook page for the latest updates and resources

Dr. Tara Green, District Mental Health Services Coordinator

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Mental Health Awareness Annual Calendar

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Mental Health Awareness and Training Calendar

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Month

Trainings/Awareness

August

Jason Flatt/Erin’s Law Certification Training

National Wellness Month

September

(Suicide Prevention)

Threat Assessment Training

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

World Suicide Prevention Day

National Suicide Prevention Week

National Sickle Cell Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

October

(Bullying/Cyber bullying)

National Bully Prevention Month

National ADHD Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Mental Illness Awareness Week

November

National Family Caregivers Month

International Survivors of Suicide Day

American Diabetes Month

December

Aids Awareness Month

Special Education Day

January

National Stalking Awareness Month

February

(Child Mental Health Awareness)

American Heart Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

African Heritage and Health Week

Children Mental Health Awareness Week

World Cancer Day

Give Kids a Smile Day

Eating Disorder and Screening Awareness Week

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

March

(Substance Abuse)

National Youth Violence Prevention Week

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

April

(Autism/Sexual Assault)

Alcohol Awareness Month

National Autism Awareness Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Minority Health Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

National Alcohol Screening Day

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network Day

National Public Health Week

May

(Mental Health Awareness)

Mental Health Month

National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

National Stuttering Awareness Week

National Alcohol- and Other Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week

 

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