School Mental Health Services (SMHS) are designed to overcome the barriers that students, parents, and teachers face in overcoming mental health challenges by offering school-based access to trained mental health professionals and peer support. SMHS serves Arlington, Blair, Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Fort Calhoun, Louisville, Plattsmouth, and Weeping Water in Cass and Washington Counties.
All for ONE
We all need to hear this: It’s okay to ask for help.
We don’t have to fight our battles alone. We can support each other.
It takes us working together to create a safe space for Mental Health Awareness.
We know that our wellness matters and that every voice should be heard. And when we create a safe space to talk, we can access the support we need to create a brighter future.
Break the Stigma
It’s important for us all to know that we are not alone – help is always available. You can help break the stigma around mental health in so many ways, like spreading awareness, being a trusted friend to your peers, or participating in our School Mental Health Services. SMHS gives us the ability to help ourselves and our friends with resources that are offered right in our own school.
How the Program Works
The School Mental Health Program has been designed to overcome increasing behavioral and mental health challenges in our schools. With harmonized efforts from teachers, school personnel, mental health service providers, and our strong team of parents, we can increase communication and take preventative action to identify when our children need help.
Our program works alongside your child's school to provide education to all students on mental health-related topics and provide support in a child's area of need. If you have concerns or think your child may benefit from these services, please reach out to your child's school to make a confidential referral for School Mental Health Services.
Parent Mentor Volunteers
The adage “it takes a village” couldn’t be truer when going through hard times as a parent. One of our program goals recognizes that parents need support, too. We created a Parent Peer Mentor Program so that parents can work through family mental health challenges with a trained mentor who has been through real-life experiences with their own children. Parents can receive help through one-on-one mentorship and support group events with other parents who wish to gain hope, ideas, and information. Together, we can raise happier, healthier generations.
If you would like to refer or sign up for the Parent Peer Mentor Program, please complete this form.
Spread Community Awareness
As teachers, we all want to do our part in supporting our future leaders with the skills and opportunities they need to create better communities. The first key element of the School Mental Health Services program is awareness. We’ve felt the importance of mental health in the classroom and know that everyone needs to work together to reinforce it. We can help take preventative action in our community by educating our children and their parents, promoting emotional health in our classrooms, and providing access to support right in our schools.
How to Help a Student
There are several key elements to a comprehensive school mental health program that, as an educator, you can support.
Awareness & Education
As educators, you can help decrease stigma related to mental health by spreading awareness, making natural connections to your content, and recognizing the signs and symptoms in your students.
As an educator, you know your students! When you recognize a change in behavior, you can connect them to resources for support including School Mental Health Services.
Learn more about SMHS.
To request more information about the School Mental Health Services program, or to find out how to get involved, please reach out to us by completing the form below.
Our School Mental Health Services Program serves students and parents in the following school districts: Arlington, Blair, Conestoga, Elmwood-Murdock, Fort Calhoun, Louisville, Plattsmouth, and Weeping Water in Cass and Washington Counties. Dollars to support this program are from 100% Federal funding and runs through Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare – SOC Award # 6H79SM084029-01M002