Emergency: Dial 911 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or go to the nearest Emergency Room
ChAMPS: 202-481-1440 (Child and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Service) is an emergency response service for children, teenagers and adolescent adults who are having a mental health or behavioral health crisis
Access Helpline: 1-888-793-4357 (D.C. Dept. of Behavioral Health) 1(888)7WE-HELP. This 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone line is staffed by behavioral health professionals who can refer a caller to immediate help or ongoing care.
PIW: 1-800-369-2273 (The Psychiatric Institute of Washington) offers comprehensive behavioral healthcare to children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call or Text 988. The Lifeline provides 24-hour, confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call or text to connect with a trained crisis counselor. https://988lifeline.org
The back-to-school season is always an exciting time for children and parents alike. However, this year, things have changed drastically, and it is understandable that many parents are feeling overwhelmed about the transition to the new normal. While the pandemic has created uncertainties in our daily schedules, we must ensure that our children are well prepared to go back to school, both physically and emotionally. Hence, we bring to you some great tips that can help make the transition easier for your children.
Talk to your children about their worries:...
With a goal of decreasing barriers to school success by providing students, school staff, and families with tools that promote academic and psychosocial growth and progress, DCPS has launched a new website dedicated to student mental health. DCPSMENTALHEALTH.ORG