Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some F.A.Q.'s that some students typically have when dealing with counseling or mental health needs:

My parents are against counseling services/supports, what can I do?

  • Sometimes mental health can be a taboo/not discussed topic in families. Although the members of the wellness team do need parent consent to see students, there are other options for getting support. Check in with your guidance counselor since they do not need parent consent. Additionally, in outside therapy facilities, children 12 years or older can sometimes consent to their own treatment if they meet the criteria.

I'm interested in counseling, but not sure if I'll like it, or if it will be helpful?

  • We have a lot of students who are unsure if counseling will be beneficial for them. Most students do weekly counseling sessions, but there is also the option for every other week, or once a month. Some students even do counseling on an as needed basis, or only at times of crisis.

Do mental illnesses (depression, anxiety, bipolar, etc.) tend to run in families?

  • Most mental illnesses do run from genetics, but other environmental factors can also play a part. If you are concerned about a mental illness its recommended to see a psychiatrist or your general practitioner doctor for assessment, as medication or other treatment may be necessary.

What should I say to my friend that has made comments about suicide?

  • Do not take it on yourself to talk your friend out of it, refer your friend to a trusted adult. Just be there to help your friend through this troubling time. Stay until a parent, trusted adult or school official administrator is able to take control of the situation. If the threat is an obvious emergency or if your friend is in imminent danger call 911 right away.

How common are mental illnesses?

  • Mental illness is found in about 1 in 5 young people (about 20% of the population). Many mental illnesses are manageable with treatment and/or medication.

I'm interested in counseling, but I don't want to miss any class, what can I do?

  • It may be possible to set up counseling support before school, during snack/lunch, or after school. Talk with someone from the Wellness Team to address your concerns.