Mental Health & Wellness Hub
This page is filled with resources to help those in crisis, those who need resources, those who need assistance...as well as those who love them. We are committed to and invested in the safety and well-being of our youth and we need your help. Please take time to review the information here, share it with those you know, and let us know how we can help.
Up to one in five kids living in the United States shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year, and yet nearly 80% of children who need mental health services won't get them. The problems they face can tie into major problems found in schools: chronic absence, low achievement, disruptive behavior, and dropping out.
Source: NPR, July 2016
Students in the Belton School District have regular access to licensed therapists through a school-based therapy program. The ACCESS (Appropriate Clinical Care Engaged in School Settings) program serves between 250 and 300 Belton students with mental health care each year.
The program is targeted to reach children who wouldn’t otherwise have access due to barriers such as transportation, lack of income, lack of insurance coverage. Student services include individual therapy, group psychoeducation, family therapy, evaluations, and more. Therapists also provide valuable consultations with teachers and school staff, training for school staff, and crisis services for children and families in the Belton School District.
Many parents, teachers, and therapists have shared positive experiences in a recent survey. “I love that this therapy service is available via Belton schools. It gave me peace of mind throughout the years of my child’s needs. It was extremely helpful and trustworthy. My child knew when and where to go when needed. Please, keep up the great work in the service! We have 'graduated' out of the service, but we are glad to know we can 'visit' as needed. We are excited for other children and families who will benefit.”
Since 2010, the Belton Educational Foundation has secured over $1.6 million in grants from the Health Forward Foundation to fund the district ACCESS program serving students in all Belton schools, preschool through high school.
988: Mental Health Crisis Line
988 is now the national three-digit dialing code for all mental health, substance use and suicide-related crises. 988 calls will be routed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline centers in each state.
When you call, chat or text 988, you will be connected to a crisis specialist who is trained and prepared to deliver support to anyone experiencing a mental health, substance use or suicide crisis.
Click the phone for crisis hotlines
You Okay: Mental Health Resource
We recognize that creating a safe learning environment is critical to your child’s ability to achieve academic success. Our school district has anticipated the growing need for qualified mental health resources and we believe that You Okay provides our students with advice in a simple and easy-to-access way. You Okay is a new online site that students can use to easily find things to say and do when a friend or classmate is struggling with a mental health issue.
How does the You Okay website work?
Students can access the site from any device with an Internet connection. No login information is required and thus no personal information will be recorded.
Does the You Okay website replace our other mental health resources?
No. We have identified a growing need for mental health resources in our district. The You Okay site is another resource that we have added to our district’s team of mental health professionals.
Can parents access the You Okay website?
Yes. Please use the website as a resource when you have questions about adolescent and teen mental health issues. We also encourage you to contact a school counselor in our district if you have specific questions about your child and mental health.