If your middle school aged student has an issue or concern that is causing some distress, he or she can text a licensed mental health therapist any time of the day for assistance or guidance. Students can start a text conversation on any issue including anxiety, depression, substance use, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, bullying, abuse, or any other mental health-related topic. The resource is anonymous so that students’ concerns about their identity are not a barrier to reaching out for help. During the text conversation, the therapist’s objective is to steer the student to available resources in the school and community. The resource is made possible through a partnership between School Districts 90, 97, and 200. The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, River Forest Township, the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, NAMI, and the Oak Park-River Forest Rotary Club are generously underwriting the cost of this resource for the coming year. For more information, please click here view the short video that explains the benefits of this resource.
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