Mental Health Matters

  • Need to talk? Your school is here to help.

    Talk to a Student Services team member--a School Counselor, School Nurse, School Psychologist, School Social Worker--or any adult you trust.

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  • What is mental health?
    Mental health is as important as physical health to our quality of life. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness but also means having the skills necessary to cope with life’s challenges. If ignored, mental health problems can interfere with children’s learning, development, relationships, and physical health. Some problems are more serious than others, but all children face challenges that can affect their learning and behavior.

    From childhood through old age, all of us sometimes feel angry, sad, frustrated, worried, and out of control. This is normal. Sometimes, a person’s thoughts, feelings, and actions become too hard to control and interfere with how well we can handle the daily demands of school, home, activities, and relationships. This could be a mental health concern.

    What are the District's mental health objectives?
    Increase:

    • Mental Health Awareness
    • Climate & Culture of School Buildings
    • Adherence of protocols for threat assessments
    • Development of policies that enhance the whole child

    Decrease:

    • Mental Health Stigma
    • Violent, Aggressive & Disruptive Behavior

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Student Services team at your child’s school. They are there to support you and your child with any mental health questions or concerns.

    Resources provided to us that you can use when you talk to your child about warning signs to look out for in their peers and help them feel comfortable talking about their thoughts and feelings.

    The health and well-being of our students is a top priority.

  • PRESS RELEASE

    Dothan City Schools Hires Mental Health Services Coordinator and HealthCare Liason to promote student success and deal with pandemic year.

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    Andrea Zavitz
    Mental Health Services Coordinator
    334-793-1397, ext. 236265
    Email Zavitz