Mental Health

Stronger mental health supports for students means they can learn better and be more likely to realize the full potential of their abilities. Students’ mental health in school is a crucial part of the education system. Ultimately, students with positive mental health can build relationships more effectively, make decisions, and work together. These positive effects support the individual student and their larger community as they enter adulthood.

Student Mental Health

CCSD Sponsored Mental Health Resources
Washoe School District Mental Health Resources

In October 2021, several organizations declared a national state of emergency for child and adolescent mental health, citing increased rates of depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, and suicidology– a crisis exacerbated by the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and inequities resulting from structural racism (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2021). Teachers are in a unique position to recognize when a child is struggling and connect them to school-based mental health professionals (e.g., school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker). Below you will find relevant resources for students presenting with different mental health diagnoses and crises. 

The CCSD website offers a list of mental health services in Southern Nevada. Specifically, there are hotline numbers teachers can share with guardians and students, contact information for mental health agencies in the southern region, hospital and treatment centers, and a PDF of a resource guide detailing resources for mental health, shelters, hotlines, and much more! The district updates the resources guide every academic year. All teachers should save the resource guide to the desktop in times of need. 

The Washoe Counseling Department homepage includes lots of resources and an up-to-date list of youth mental health resources specific for Washoe county. You can also find links to suicide intervention resources, substance use, 504s and much more! 

Crisis and Suicide Prevention Resources

988 Hotline

This lifeline is for suicide prevention and crisis management. It operates 24/7, and confidentiality is kept strong.

CCSD Mental Health Resources

Provides a list resources in Southern Nevada, including suicide prevention line, hotline, hospital and treatment center contacts etc.

Trauma Intervention Program of Southern Nevada

Training for people who are exposed to constant tragedies and traumas.

Nevada Behavioral Health Clinic

Outpatient services for families with children from infancy to 22 who are experiencing social/emotional, academic, or behavior concerns.

In these challenging times many youth are going through difficult times. The Office of Suicide Prevention has tips for parents on how to help to prevent youth suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all calls are confidential. The Lifeline is a national network of over 180 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices. 

The Mobile Crisis Response Team is designed to provide crisis intervention and support to Nevada families dealing with a behavioral or mental health crisis. The Crisis Support Services has developed a tip sheet on how to keep your loved ones S.A.F.E.R. in both English and Spanish. Remember, World Suicide Prevention Day is a day observed on September 10th every year and is designed as a worldwide commitment to preventing suicides, to bring attention to the problem of suicide to the public’s attention and to help society do what it can to prevent suicides now and in the future.