School-Based Mental Health & Wellbeing

Creating a House that Smiles

Upcoming Events

Check back for CarePlus parent engagement workshops to be announced soon!

Our Philosophy

Our School-Based Mental Health (SBMH) model started with a general focus on simply “being with” young people in their natural habitat. Great emphasis was placed on hanging out with kids, showing interest in their lives, their feelings, their histories, and their personalities. Young people are perpetually in a state of expression. Their words, actions, likes/dislikes, reactions, responses, dreams, etc. are all a reflection of who they are, are in the process of becoming, and wish to become. By nature, kids want and need the stewardship of adults, and also by the same nature are confronted by the responsibilities, boundaries, and limits that adults provide. Nevertheless, they need the combination of these two forces to thrive. This understanding and thinking style has proven to be the most effective way to organically cultivate a school culture and climate that genuinely reflects compassion and support while fostering the four habits of lifelong learning: Resilience, Empathy, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.

Our goals are to:

  • Strengthen our capacity to provide prevention, intervention, and postvention (at all three tiers of service) in the form of meaningful student involvement and interaction - responding more positively to student need with an emphasis on working with students as opposed to working for them.

  • Create and promote a positive school culture and climate based on cultivating and sustaining healthy, secure, and attuned adult-student relationships that contribute to and nurture our student-centered school “family.”

  • Provide resources, suggestions, and information that will help our community maximize resilience and emotional well-being at this important time and beyond.

School-Based Mental Health Services

Mental Health & Wellness Virtual Speaker Series

New in the 2020-2021 school year, the School-Based Mental Health Team is developing a Mental Health & Wellness Speaker Series to connect with the community, share vital information and open a dialogue about mental health.

Important Phone Numbers & Websites

Emergency/Crisis Hotlines

If you or a family member are experiencing the signs or symptoms of a mental illness or feel you are in crisis, please call 911 for immediate assistance or call 201-262-HELP (4357). Crisis counselors are available 24/7 to guide you through the next steps of getting help.

Care Plus Children's Mobile Response & Stabilization System (24/7): 877-652-7624

Bergen County Psychiatric Emergency Screening Program (24/7): 201-262-HELP

National Hopeline Network - Suicide Prevention: 1-800-SUICIDE

Runaway Hotline: 1-800 RUNAWAY

Youth Crisis Hotline: 800-448-4663

United Way Hotline: 2-1-1

Bergen County Dept of Health Services: 201-634-2600

Bergen County & Community Mental Health Agency Contacts

Call 211 - United Way Community Response Hotline - when you don't need 911

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center: 201-967-4000

Fair Lawn Mental Health Center: 201-767-2660

Care Plus, NJ: 201-265-8200

West Bergen Mental Healthcare: 201-444-3550

Children's Aid & Family Services: 201-445-7015

High Focus Centers: 201-291-0055