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Mental Health & Wellness

With the safety and well-being of our students as a top priority, we recognize that strong mental health plays a vital role in a student's growth and success. Lakota offers a variety of services and supports to meet the mental health needs of our students.

If a person needs immediate assistance:

Immediate Crisis Response and Consultation
Mobile Response Stabilization Service: 844-427-4747 

Consultation Support and Referral/Intake
Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC): 513-636-4124

Crisis Numbers

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 
  • Butler County Crisis Hotline: 844-427-4747 or call 911
  • Ohio Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741

School Based Therapy

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We want all of our students to be healthy and ready to learn, and we recognize that strong mental health and wellness play a vital role in a student's growth and success. Students who are struggling with stress, anxiety or other concerns cannot focus on school work. That's why we’ve partnered with Solutions Community Counseling, Catalyst Counseling, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to help increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare.

In addition to their network of school-based providers, MindPeace also manages a comprehensive community database of all the mental health providers in our region, along with other helpful resources to meet the needs of students and their families. Visit the MindPeace website to view the comprehensive list of providers and resources

 

Lakota West's Partner: Cincinnati Children's

We want all of our students to be healthy and ready to learn, and we recognize that strong mental health and wellness play a vital role in a student's growth and success. Students who are struggling with stress, anxiety or other concerns cannot focus on school work. That's why Lakota West partners with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to help increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare. 
 

Meet Our Therapists:

Ellen Diersing

Titles: Therapist
Locations: West High
Email:

Mari Gargano

Titles: Mindpeace - Therapist
Locations: West High
Email:

Alexandra Jabs

Titles: Therapist
Locations: West Freshman
Email:

Gail Rizzo

Titles: Therapist
Locations: West Freshman, West High
Email:
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Hope Squad

Since 2018, Hope Squads, a national school-based suicide prevention program, have been a part of Lakota East and West high schools.

Hope Squad members are students nominated by their peers. Members are  trained to identify at-risk students, provide friendship and seek help from an adult.