Mental Health/Suicide Prevention Resources

  • Our schools care about you.  We are aware that many students are experiencing a high level of trauma, stress, anxiety or sadness related to school, friends and perhaps personal family issues.  Mental Health needs are not uncommon in our youth.  1 in 5 children ages 13-18 will experience mental illness.  In addition, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-24.  Many children and teens are suffering in silence. It is important to know that you are not alone and that there is help in our community for you, your friend or your child.

    School Counselors

    Alachua County Schools are fortunate to have school counselors in every school who are Masters or above-trained counselors knowledgeable about child development and mental health needs.  They are there to listen, support and assess student risk of self-harm if necessary.  They are also excellent resources to connect you and your family to mental health counseling in our community 

    In addition to our school counselors, many schools have other programs providing mental health counseling in our schools including System of Care, PALS, The Nest, and collaborations with local agencies. The school counselor at each school can help coordinate these services for you, your friend or your child.

Additional Resources

Local Counseling and Mental Health Agencies

Additional Support for Parents