Admin

Guidance and Mental Health Services

OCPS Mental Health Counselors

OCPS is fortunate to have a team of 13 Licensed Mental Health Counselors to support our schools. Our team is comprised of 10 counselors assigned to our learning communities, 2 counselors who provide oversight to our SEDNET program and 1 counselor providing support to our alternative schools and schools needing additional supports.

Our team supports our students and schools in a variety of ways. Including aiding schools in referring students for mental health services, provision of brief counseling services, conducting trainings on mental health topics, and attending various meetings where a mental health perspective or consultation is beneficial.

Mental Well Being and Suicide Prevention

The years between childhood and adulthood represent a critical period of transition and significant cognitive, mental, emotional, and social change. While adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and potential, navigating new milestones in preparation for adult roles involving education, employment, relationships, and living circumstances can be difficult. These transitions can lead to various mental health challenges that can be associated with increased risk for suicide.

Some Common Warning Signs:

  • Sudden change in behavior (for better or worse)
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Lack of interest
  • Increased use of alcohol and other drugs
  • Recent loss of a friend, family member or parent, especially if they died of suicide
  • Conflicting feelings or a sense of shame about being gay or straight
  • Mood swings, emotional outbursts, high level of irritability or aggression
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Preoccupation with death, giving a way valuable possessions
  • Talk of suicide: e.g. "no one cares if I live or die"
  • "Hero worship" of people who have died by suicide

Department Contacts

Anna Williams-Jones Email
Senior Administrator

Whitney James Email
Secretary
Phone 407.317.3200 Ext. 2004712

Tammy Speed-Hefner Email
District Student Support Coordinator

Mental Health Referrals

Each school has a designated contact for mental health referrals. Please contact the school directly for additional assistance.

Hotlines and Information

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-24/7
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text Line-
Text HOME to 741741 anywhere in the US

The Mobile Crises Unit
211

Guidance and Mental Health Services
445 W. Amelia St. Orlando, FL 32801 407.317.3200 Ext. 2004712