It's not unusual to have "the blues" or feel down occasionally - especially when students are in middle or high school. The expectations of teachers, family and friends - and the fear of not meeting them - can create stress and worry for your student. When things go wrong at school or at home, they may feel unsure of themself or wonder how they fit in. Feeling down from time to time is different than having depression. When they have depression, it feels like there is a dark cloud over everyone and everything, and it is hard to feel good. How to Recognize Depression
Trauma occurs when something bad happens that makes your student feel unsafe and scared. And because this experience was a big deal, it has an ongoing impact. Understanding Trauma and What to Do
It can be hard to know how to deal with all the things life throws at us. For some, sometimes death seems like the only option. More young people survive suicide attempts than die, but even one death is too many. It's important to know that there is help and there is hope. Preventing Suicide
Free Online Screening Tools
A mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible. Click here to view the different tools available.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Resources
School-Based Mental Health
The school-based mental health (SBMH) program is a collaborative effort between CMS, Mecklenburg County, and several local health agenices. Click here to view the program.
Office of Student Awareness and Academic Support
Provides oversight of school counseling, social work, and psychological services. Click here.