Mental Health Awareness
Real Talks

Welcome to Real Talks! Real Talks is designed to welcome conversation about topics affecting our children and youth in and out of school. The hope is to facilitate authentic conversation about real life topics, and in turn, open the door to discussing the same issues at home.

At school, the message with faculty, staff, and students has been, “it’s 2U.” This message originated from our One Voice, One Choice student group and simply means, “It’s up to me. It’s up to you. It’s up to ALL of us to be proactive in recognizing warning signs in others when they may be struggling or need help.” District wide, through “the campaign to change direction,” our faculty and staff were trained on the five signs that someone may be struggling. Additionally, this same type of message was shared with our secondary students at both the middle school and high school levels. Sometimes adults and kids alike recognize when someone is struggling and may not know what the next step is. Our school counselors work together with parents/guardians to support our kids and to find needed assistance.

Often when individuals are struggling emotionally, they are afraid to say or to speak up about their feelings/concerns, or perhaps, they may not even recognize the severity of their struggles. In society, emotional or mental health struggles also can be falsely attached to stigmatization more often than physical health issues. As a school and a community, again, we must recognize the signs and help people find the necessary support. Do you know the signs? Downloadable signs, posters, and website images are available for you to use in your office, school, church, gym, or local hangout.

As a parent, it can be difficult to know where to turn to find additional support. Contacting the family physician and one’s insurance company (if available) can be one of the first steps; however, in the event of an emergency, dial 911 or go to a hospital. If contacting your insurance company regarding mental health care for a child or loved one, the insurance company may only approve certain mental health care providers, and this may help narrow your search from the start. Online databases also exist to help find mental health care by location (zip code), specialization, insurance, etc. The following websites/resources are for informational purposes only and are not NISD endorsed.

Psychology Today - detailed professional listings for psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, group therapy and treatment centers in the United States and Canada.

The search can be narrowed by location, issue, age, sexuality, language, religious preference, treatment orientation, insurance accepted, etc.

Theravive - a network of licensed and professional clinical counselors, therapists, and psychologists

The search can be narrowed by zip/city and specialty. Workshops, seminars, or events can also be found by topic, location, etc.

Some area hospitals and other resources available to your family include:

Crisis intervention (link opens in a separate page) – area mental health hospitals/facilities and mobile crisis units

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Spanish

1-800-273-TALK (8255) 1-888-628-9454