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Rockwood Provides Mental Health Resources for Students, Staff

A colorful heart made up of handprintsWe care about our Rockwood School District students. We recognize that relationships matter. Our core values drive our work as we connect with our students so they can learn and grow and reach their highest potential.

Led by our Student Services department, we continually work to establish a multitiered system of support that provides for the emotional, social, behavioral and physical needs of each student. These support structures include:

  • School social workers who are trained professionals who assist with mental health and behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic and classroom support and consultation with teachers, parents and administrators.
  • School Counselors who address the academic, personal/interpersonal, career exploration and post-secondary planning of every Rockwood student, checking in with all students to assess their level of functioning and providing individual counseling to students who express fears, loss, anxiety and/or signs of depression.

There are times when students, staff members and community members need increased, focused emotional and mental health support, such as in the aftermath of a tragic event.

On these occasions, our Student Services staff coordinates crisis teams composed of staff members from around the district who help facilitate the support needed by our school community.

Crisis team staff members include social workers, counselors, nurses and representatives from outside agencies who focus on three main aspects of response: 

  • Preparation: Using district professional development days to train and prepare for crisis situations, ensuring the correct personnel and resources are prepared ahead of time.
  • Intervention: Attending to the needs that arise in a school community in the wake of a tragic event. Whether that means providing space for students and staff members to have privacy, facilitating spaces where students and staff members can be together or a myriad of other services, the crisis response team is on hand to help as members of the school community heal.
  • Postvention: School counselors and social workers follow up with students, staff members and families in the weeks and months after a tragic event -- as well as on anniversaries -- to help mitigate any post-traumatic stress associated with the event.

If members of our school communities are struggling at any time, the best place to start the search to find resources that can help is your school counselor’s office. Every scenario is different, and everyone reacts in different ways, so school counselors can help identify the resources that will best assist with each individual circumstance.

Here are the links to the counselor’s office webpages at our four high schools: