Counseling Supports & Resources

Laura McGarry

Counselor (Last Names A-L)

Phone: 541-474- 5750 Ext. 50112

Email: lmcgarry@grantspass.k12.or.us


Morgan Rastellini

Counselor (Last Names M-Z)

Phone: 541-474-5750 Ext 50104

Email: mrastellini@grantspass.k12.or.us


Kim Hull

Social and Emotional Counselor

Discovery Program

Phone: 541-474-5750 Ext 50151

Email: khull@grantspass.k12.or.us


Kristina Chapin

Counseling Secretary

Phone: 541-474-5750 ext. 50408

KChapin@grantspass.k12.or.us


Hi South Middle School! We are so excited to have students back full-time and in-person!

Students can drop in at any time during the school day to request to meet with their counselor. Mrs. Toth or Ms. Chapin in the front office can assist you in filling out a request slip, if needed.

We are also available by email and phone, and by appointment.

WELCOME BACK!


Emails/inquiries received after school hours will be answered the next school day.

Please take a moment to read our limits to confidentiality here and benefits and limitations to virtual counseling here

If you or someone you know is in immediate crisis, please dial 911, go to the nearest emergency room or call the Josephine County 24-hour mental health crisis hotline at 541-474-5360.


Counseling Services

Short-term academic-based counseling services:

Short term academic based Counseling services are available at South Middle School to all students. We are not able to provide long term mental health counseling services to students.

*Responsive Counseling *Academic Support *Student Planning * Parent Support

-short term counseling -academic monitoring - scheduling

-short term group counseling -academic intervention - support with transition activities

-crisis intervention -academic counseling

-support services referrals

If longer term counseling is needed:

It would be wise to check with your insurance provider for a list of counselors in the area that they have approved (preferred provider list). This is a great way to expedite your search.

If you are not currently covered by insurance, you can check with the Department of Human Services and ask about qualifying for the Oregon Health Plan to receive insurance coverage.

You may also elect to not use your insurance provider and still access counseling services from private counselors in the area. Private counselors will charge by the hour for their service. Some counselors have a sliding fee scale which is based on your income level. They all have a minimum amount that they charge and each counselor sets that individually. You will need to ask them directly for their fee schedule.


Crisis Support Phone Numbers

Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: is 1-800-273-8255. Or text 741741 to talk to a crisis counselor.

Suicide Lifeline: 800-273-8255 or text 273TALK to 839863 (8am-11pm PST daily)

Lines for Life or Oregon Youth Line: 1-800-273-8255. This resource provides remote risk assessment and safety planning, as well as a teen-to-teen crisis and help line.

YouthLine: https://oregonyouthline.org/

National Teen Gay and Lesbian Hotline: 1-800-347-TEEN

The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386 call, text, or chat https://thetrevorproject.org A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth

Family Violence Help Line: 1-800-222-2000

Alcohol & Drug Helpline: 800-923-4357 For individuals and family members




Additional On-line Resources

Additional On-line Resources


Virtual Calming Room: https://calmingroom.scusd.edu/home


Second Step is offering free social and emotional learning activities for ages 5-13, a podcast for families and a mindfulness program.


National PTA has developed a number of resources for families concerned about remote learning and stress and anxiety related to COVID-19


BrainPOP provides movies with social/emotional learning components that students can watch and respond to.


Older students may be interested in learning how to journal with Mayo Clinic’s Gratitude Challenge.


The Original Ned Show offers “fun stuff for home,” including printables about responsibility, making good choices, etc.


Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (SAMHSA)


Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety


Helping Children Cope with Emergencies


Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs in Emergencies


Community Resources for Families

Community Resources


Josephine County Public Health Department...................................541-474-5325

Public Safety ......................................................................................541-474-6370

Women and Children’s Mission .........................................................541-474-7774

Women’s Crisis Support Team .........................................................541-479-9349

Help Line Josephine County...............................................................541-479-HELP (4357)

Child Abuse Hot line...........................................................................1-800-422-4453

Options for Southern Oregon............................................................541-476-2373

Family Solutions.................................................................................541-476-4248

ADAPT..................................................................................................541-474-1033

Department of Human Services.........................................................541-474-3120


LINK TO ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

-Food Pantry

-Hot Meal Sites

-Shelters/homeless Assistance

-Showers, Clothing, Laundry Vouchers

-Medical/Dental

-Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

-Housing, Rental, Energy Assistance

-Employment Services

-Mental Health and Substance Abuse

-Transportation Assistance

-Low Income Assistance Programs




Tips for Taking Care of your Mental Health During Coronavirus Closures


Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Coronavirus Closures

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to social media and news stories about COVID-19. It’s okay to stay informed, but overexposing ourselves to too much information can be stressful and overwhelming.

  • Make sure you are still taking care of your body! Getting enough sleep, eating healthy, and making sure we are still moving around can help us take care of our mental health. Some ideas to consider:

    • Make sure to get some fresh air and sunlight, maybe sit by a window while doing homework/or reading, do a quick workout in your own yard, etc.

    • Use home workout videos to keep moving and exercising.

    • Find some healthy recipes and try your hand at cooking, not only are you fueling your body with healthy food, but it could also be a fun experience!

  • Make time to connect with others who live in your home or with friends through phone calls or video chats. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

  • Practice hobbies and activities you enjoy. It's important to keep up on school and work, but fun and enjoyment are also factors that promote positive mental health. This could also be a good time to try something you’ve never had the time to do. Sites like Youtube have plenty of free how-to videos that can help you learn new skills, such as new dance moves, cooking techniques, or how to crochet.