Resources for Students and Parents
March 27, 2020
If you are uncertain about the best approach for supporting your child’s mental health needs during school closure, you can email the Riverside Unified Mental Health Team to ask questions and seek resources. The Unified Mental Health Team includes school counselors, school social worker, school psychologist, and student assistance specialist. During this period of electronic communication, support and resource information can be provided, but not direct counseling.
To contact the Riverside Unified Mental Health Team with questions, please email RiversideMentalHealth@lcpsorg.onmicrosoft.com One of the team members will respond to your question(s) within 24 hours on workdays (not including weekends, holidays, or non-workdays). This resource should not be used for urgent situations or emergencies.
For information about community resources, please visit the LCPS Mental Health & Wellness / Student & Family Services page of the LCPS Continuity of Education site. For emergencies, call 911 or visit the LCPS Diagnostic & Prevention page.
April 17, 2020 Our new Unified Mental Health Team flyer is available here.
Luke Mason, Director of School CounselingLCPS Suicide Prevention ProgramThe teen years are often a roller-coaster ride of emotions with this time being especially susceptible to wide variations in mood and risky behaviors. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression appears to be occurring at a much earlier age, and the past decade has seen teen suicide rates double. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth ages 10 to 19, and there are often warning signs that are overlooked.The Loudoun County Public Schools' Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention program is based on the SOS Signs of Suicide® High School Prevention Program (http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org), which is the only evidenced-based program that has shown a 40% reduction in self-reported suicide attempts. Through classroom instruction and an educational video (Friends for Life), students are taught to identify the signs of depression, suicidality, and self-injury in themselves and their peers and to take help-seeking actions using the simple and easy-to-remember ACT® (Acknowledge-Care-Tell) technique. The program is implemented by LCPS school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors in all high schools.For more information, please visit Suicide Prevention
How to access Cameron's Collection:
You can access these ebooks from your Gale pages (click on the “Gale” icon from LCPS GO) in three ways:
1. As a separate link to the Cameron’s Collection from your Popular Middle School Resources Page
2. As part of different collections in your GVRL
3. By clicking on “ebooks” tab at the top of your Gale pages