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Mental Health

Social-Emotional Learning

An important element of District 109’s commitment to the whole child is attention to the social-emotional needs and health of each of our students. Students develop social and emotional skills through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of school. Each school has individualized programing designed to enhance social emotional development. For students who may need some additional supports, there is a school social worker and psychologist assigned to each school. Additionally, each middle school has a school counselor. These professionals are available to any student and parent. Please contact your child’s school if you wish to speak to a clinical professional.

Suicide Prevention

The teen years are often a roller-coaster ride of emotions with this time being especially susceptible to wide variations in mood.  It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression appears to be occurring at a much earlier age, and the past decade has seen teen suicide rates double.  The links below have a wealth of information regarding warning signs and preliminary support family, friends, and school professionals can offer.

Resources for Supporting Students

Here are resources that the District believes will help staff members, parents, and other caring adults support the children in our community: