News from the Guidance Office

  • Resources for Students and Families

     Emergency and After Hours Resources

    Emergency: 911
    Referral services: 211 |
    Suicide Prevention (United States): 1-800-273-TALK (8255) |
    Self-Injury/Cutting: 1-800-366-8288 |
    Eating Disorders: 1-800-931-2237 |
    Runaway Hotline: 1-800-231-6946 |
    Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 |
    Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 |
    Domestic/Relationship Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 |
    Trevor Hotline for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386 |
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline |
    Other resources for developing healthy lifestyles, including mental and emotional help:

     Mental Health
    Students may experience ups and downs in their mental health and well-being, which is a natural part of adolescent development. At the same time, adolescence is often the time that individuals may experience the initial onset of mental health illness and disorders such as anxiety or depression. The resources below offer information and resources on topics central to health and wellness as well as mental health issues that students may confront.

    • The Teen Brain: 6 Things to Know: Research and information complied by the National Institute of Mental Health focusing on the change and development of the adolescent brain and implications for behavior and mental health.
    • Depression: Adolescent depression is increasing at an alarming rate. Recent surveys indicate that as many as one in five teens suffers from clinical depression. This is a serious problem that calls for prompt, appropriate treatment.
    • Anxiety: Someone with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) worries excessively about many different things and is not able to control his or her worry. The worrying and anxiety causes serious emotional distress, and causes problems at school and in relationships.
    • Suicide: If you or any of your friends are feeling this way and have had thoughts of suicide, the most important thing to do is to talk immediately with an adult you trust.If you want to remain anonymous call the hotline number 1-800-273-8255 or go to the the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and ask them to help you figure out what to do. 
    • Eating disorders: Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships.
    • Substance Abuse: Think you might have a problem? Want the facts about addiction? If you are worried about a family member or friend, check out: Alateen

    Dating and Relationships

    • That's Not Cool: Draw your digital line. Your phone and social media accounts are a digital extension of your life. When someone you’re dating is controlling, disrespecting, or pressuring you in those spaces, that’s not cool. That’s Not Cool provides tools to help you draw your digital line about what is, or is not, okay in your relationships.
    • Scarleteen: Inclusive, comprehensive and smart sexuality information and help for teens and 20s.

    Grief and Loss
    Coping with the loss of a close friend or family member may be one of the hardest challenges that many of us face. These resources below are offered to help you learn more about the grieving process and ways to get help and support in coping with death and loss.

    Coping Apps:

    Academic Apps:


    School counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social development. Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide services not only to students in need but to all students. The Professional School Counselor is a certified counselor with a master’s degree in school counseling, including coursework in career development, human growth and behavior, appraisal, research and program evaluation, and a supervised internship. In addition to coursework, school counselors may elect to gain professional orientation through membership in American School Counselor Association and passing a state licensing exam. My role as your school counselor is to meet the needs of the entire school population in the areas of social/emotional, academic and career development.

    How can the school counselor help you? 

    • Course registration, placement, schedule changes
    • The orientation of new students
    • Record collection
    • Teacher conferences
    • Parent conferences
    • Individual personal, academic, and social counseling
    • Group Counseling (e.g., study skills, drug awareness)
    • Administration and interpretation of tests
    • Career education
    • Consultation with other school personnel and community agencies
    • Referral for psychological and other services

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  • Lake County Mental Health Agencies

    Oftentimes, children and their caregivers encounter extraordinary circumstances which may require additional services for support, counseling, and behavior management. Below is a list of local counseling agencies in the community which can provide services to children and their caregivers.

    ADAMHS Board
    Established by Ohio statute, the ADAMHS (Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services) Board is responsible for planning, funding, and evaluating Lake County Ohio's mental health and recovery services.

    Phone: 440-350-3117 or 440-918-3117
    Fax: 440-350-2668

    Beacon Health
    (440) 354-9924
    9220 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060

    Catholic Charities Services
    Mental Health counseling services are available to address relationship issues, challenges, and stressors. Hispanic services are available including community outreach, leadership development, juvenile court intervention and community networking.

    8 North State Street Suite #455
    Painesville, Ohio 44077
    (440) 352-6191 or (440) 946-7264

    Crossroads provides early childhood programs, school-based interventions, community support and home-based services, individual and family counseling services, a therapeutic alternative school, therapeutic foster and respite care, and child psychiatry to children and adolescents.

    Main office:
    8445 Munson Road
    Mentor, Ohio 44060
    (440) 255-1700
    (440) 205-2444 (Spanish line)
    (440) 205-6580 (TTY)

    Crossroads Early Childhood Services office:
    The early childhood office offers support, parent/caregiver education, and treatment for children from birth to five years of age and their caregivers. Services can be provided in the home as well as in the community.

    1083 Mentor Ave.
    Painesville, Ohio 44077
    (440) 358-7370

    Signature Health
    462 Chardon Street
    Painesville, Ohio 44077