Mental Health

Mental Health and Grieving Resources

Oconto Falls High School advocates for services and supports our communities need to provide school-based mental health programming. The programs that we offer bring services by trained school counselors, school psychologists, and community mental health professionals into our school to provide mental health care or to link families to resources in the community.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the start of many mental health conditions most often occurs in adolescence. Half of the individuals living with mental illness experience onset by the age of 14. This number jumps to 75% by the age of 24. One in five youth live with a mental health condition, but less than half of these individuals receive needed services. Undiagnosed, untreated or inadequately treated mental health conditions can affect a student’s ability to learn, grow and develop. Schools provide a unique opportunity to identify and treat mental health conditions by serving students where they already are.

As a result, we believe that school personnel plays an important role in identifying the early warning signs of an emerging mental health condition and believe in linking students with effective services and supports.

Oconto Falls also has a strong community partnership with Bellin Health Systems, who provide in-school counseling services for our students. Having a behavior health clinic in the school is one more way we are working to provide the range of services that our students need to navigate through their adolescent journey.

Please call the school at (920)848-4467 if you have any questions or would like more information on our counseling or mental health programming.

Other resources:

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
http://www.sprc.org/
Surviving Suicide Loss
http://www.sprc.org/basics/about-surviving-suicide-loss
Safe & Effective Messaging for Suicide Prevention
www.sprc.org/library/SafeMessagingfinal.pdf
American Foundation of Counseling Services
http://www.americanfoundationonline.com/staff.php
Innovative Counseling
http://www.innovativecounseling.com/
Power for Change, Steve Shefchik LPC, NC
http://www.powerforchangellc.com/index.html
Unity Hospice Support Group
http://unityhospice.org/bereavement-support
ROADS – Shawano, WI
http://www.roadshelp.org
National Alliance on Mental Illness
https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Public-Policy/Mental-Health-in-Schools
ROADS Pamphlet
Grief After Suicide