Health and wellness (physical and mental) are important considerations in students' ability to learn. Mental health is something we all have; it exists on a continuum. Ideally, we function from a place of wellness most of the time. The reality is that we all feel unwell sometimes. Perhaps we get a cold or maybe we have a more chronic physical condition that impacts our health but doesn't limit or define us (ex. allergies). Unfortunately, not all bouts of illness can be measured with a thermometer or lab test. Sometimes we need support for our mental or emotional health. It's okay to ask for help when we don't feel well (physically, emotionally, socially), and we can feel better with proper interventions and support.
The Cox Mill High School S3 Team has developed this webpage to provide resources and information for students and families seeking help related to mental health and wellness. If you have ideas or resources you would like to share, please see your school counselor or email Chelsea Wheeler, school social worker, at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please immediately reach out to a caring adult for support. Friends are great supporters, but they may not have the resources or training to assist in a crisis. If you are in school, come to the S3 Office or talk with a trusted teacher, coach, administrator or support staff member (bring a friend for support if you are afraid). If you are not in school, here are some options to consider (list below). The most important thing is that you reach out for help. The person you initially contact may be your bridge to other resources that can change things for the better.
Caring adults who can assist you with connecting to help AT school:
*These staff members cannot provide mental health services, but they are wonderful, caring people who can help you connect with our S3 staff.
Caring adults who may be able to help you OUTSIDE of school:
North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS) has established the Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) to connect North Carolinians to additional mental health and resilience supports that help them cope and build resilience during times of crisis. It is available to everyone in North Carolina’s 100 counties during the COVID-19 crisis.
The RISE Clinic expands CHA's services and programs aimed to increase access to evidenced-based, co-located Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) treatment, recovery support services, and clinic-based wellness by offering comprehensive Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to adults with OUD, ages 18 years and older.
LiVe Well Counseling is a service of the Cabarrus Health Alliance with the primary goal of providing outpatient behavioral health services (therapy) for ANYONE 5 and older in our community who is interested in improving their overall mental wellness.
The Healthy Cabarrus Substance Use Coalition was launched in 2013 in response to the identification of mental health and substance use as a priority issue in the 2012 Cabarrus County Community Needs Assessment. In 2016 substance use was identified to be the #1 health priority in Cabarrus County.