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ACPS Offers Support During Mental Health Awareness Month and Beyond

ACPS Offers Support During Mental Health Awareness Month and Beyond

As Mental Health Awareness Month is observed in May, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is highlighting the need to prioritize mental well-being within our diverse school community. With this year’s theme "Where to Start: Mental Health in a Changing World," the division acknowledges the importance of supporting students, educators and families in addressing mental health challenges.

A dedicated Student Support Team (SST) composed of counselors, psychologists, social workers and nurses is present in every division school. This team of professionals is there to support students' social-emotional and behavioral development, health and wellness as well as academics, college and career aspirations. These teams are also available to assist families with questions about mental health, behavioral concerns, physical well-being and how to access school and community resources.

In each of our secondary schools, ACPS’ “We Care About All of You!” campaign posters help direct students to resources, including academic support, mental health tools, substance abuse resources and the ACPS Anonymous Reporting System.

Our families also have virtual access for students to mental health services with licensed professionals through ACPS’ partnership with Hazel Health. This telehealth service provides an additional tool for school health staff to support student well-being. Hazel Health’s highly-qualified therapists specialize in working with teens and are available throughout the summer as part of its partnership with the school division.

Hazel Health assists students who are coping with anxiety, stress, depression, bullying, substance use and other issues which may impact their ability to be in school and learn. The service can also help your student cope with summer anxiety, feelings of loneliness, struggles with their body image and stresses around relationships.

Hazel Health provides students with high-quality care at no out-of-pocket cost to families. During the summer hours, teletherapy sessions can be scheduled Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hazel Health suggests families set healthy boundaries for their child over the summer  as well as trust your intuition and use a support system.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 50% of lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 14. Each of us plays an important role in ensuring students develop healthy habits, productive coping skills and resilient mindsets.

  • 2023-24
  • health and wellness