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Mental Health and Crisis Support

To help students in a time of crisis, each MCPS school has a student support team consisting of a school counselor(s), a school psychologist, a school social worker, a pupil personnel worker, and a school nurse. Some schools have an assigned ESOL transition counselor as part of the student support team. During a crisis, ESOL transition counselors will also support students in schools with large ESOL populations. Following an individual or school-wide crisis, the team provides the necessary support, care and interventions needed to help students, families and staff feel safe, secure and available for learning. They play a key role in ensuring those affected can return to their academic focus as quickly as possible.

In addition to the formal training related to their professions, team members are trained to support students and schools during and after a crisis using a model developed in collaboration with the MCPS Employee Assistance Program, the Montgomery County Crisis Center, and EveryMind.

If you have a concern about your child, please contact any member of the student services team for assistance.


If you are in a crisis or you know someone who is call, text or chat:


To help yourself or a friend with suicidal thoughts call:


If you are concerned about your safety in school or the safety of other students call:



Community Resources

Crisis prevention and intervention services.

Montgomery County Crisis Center
240-777-4000 or walk-in
24/7 immediate response to mental health and situational crises.

Montgomery County Access to Behavioral Health Services
240-777-1770 / 240-777-4710 or walk-in
Assistance with obtaining appropriate outpatient mental health or substance use services for individuals eligible through the public mental health system.

Directory of mental health service providers and resources in Montgomery County.

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services
Outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families.

Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents
Substance use assessment and treatment referrals.

Sheppard Pratt Care and Services
Community mental health services and programs for families.

Information and referral service for children birth to 5 years old and their families.

2-1-1 Maryland
24/7 access to over 5,000 organizations and programs across the state that provide community health and human services.

Montgomery County BtheOne
Information on suicide and substance use prevention for teens and their families.