Mental Health & WellnessWe offer a variety of services and supports that promote student mental health and wellness. Our school counselors provide psychoeducation around mental health topics, such as anxiety and depression, to our entire student body. The counselors also work with students who need more support either one-on-one or in a small group setting. If your child is struggling and you think they might benefit from this type of service, encourage them to visit their counselor, or please reach out and let them know yourself. You don't have to do this alone, there is hope and help available.
School Counselors are available to provide social, emotional, and behavioral support to all students on their caseloads and/or provide referrals to:
• School Adjustment Counselors: Students who may benefit from additional individualized emotional support during the school day. The School Adjustment Counselors also run three groups:
Exploratory Transition Lunch Group: Freshmen who may benefit from additional support during the exploratory period, such as,
discussing questions that arise throughout the exploratory process, discussing concerns, and identifying strategies that may help during
the transition to high school, building connections with other freshmen, and providing assistance with becoming more familiar with BVT.
The Beaver's Social Skills Group: This group is open to students at all grade levels who would benefit from developing and refining their
social skills. Students learn about and practice skills, such as, making introductions, active listening, initiating and maintaining
conversations, and asking questions by participating in interactions that are embedded in a variety of group activities.
Mindfulness Homeroom: A homeroom designed to educate students about the mental and physical benefits of Mindfulness. During
a four-week period, students will be introduced to Relaxation Breathing, Mindfulness, and Meditation, as well as Yoga. Students will be
taught new skills each morning that they will be encouraged to continue to practice. Mindfulness has the potential benefits to improve
overall well-being; including improvement in attention and memory, academic skills, emotional regulation, and coping skills while
decreasing stress, worry, and fatigue. Please see your school counselor if you are interested in partaking in this program.
• Riverside Therapists through the School Based Health Center: Students who may benefit from therapy during the school day.
• Outside Counselors: Students who may benefit from therapy outside of school.
• Emergency Services: Students who need to be evaluated because they present as at risk for harming themselves or others.
• Extended Leave Program: School Counselors may refer students to our Extended Leave Program following an excused absence lasting longer than 5 days due to medical/mental health issues, family emergencies, etc. This program is specially designed to address any accommodations students may need upon returning to school, coordinate with teachers regarding makeup work, and assist students in reintegrating back into the classroom. You can read our flyer for more information about this program.
• Student Review Team: BVT Staff concerned that a student may be struggling socially, emotionally, or behaviorally will provide support with basic intervention techniques, such as contacting parents/guardians and/or consulting with school counseling. Some warning signs that a student may be struggling with social, emotional, or behavioral issues include absences/tardiness/general attendance; frequent leaving of class; decline in academic or vocational performance; inconsistent academic or vocational performance; little or no effort and/or concentration, negative or inconsistent mood, personality, or behavior; negative or inconsistent social interactions; and/or health issues. If concerns continue following a basic intervention, BVT Staff will refer the student to the Student Review Team.
Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention at Riverside Community Care
The Mobile Crisis Intervention team provides services to students who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis with a mobile, face-to-face response. They can meet with students and their families at one of their three community-based locations or will travel to homes, schools, and other locations with the goal of avoiding a hospital emergency room visit and unnecessary hospitalizations.
• Eligibility: Services are for youth under the age of 21 who have MassHealth Managed Care Plans, as well as those who are uninsured.
• Website: Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention at Riverside Community Care
• Telephone: 508-634-3420
Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention at Community Healthlink
YMCI's trained professionals will travel to a student's home, school, residential program, other community settings, and Emergency Departments at local hospitals to provide on-site evaluation and crisis intervention services.
• Eligibility: Children and families enrolled in Medicaid/Mass Health, one of their managed care entities (Network Health, Fallon/Beacon, BMC Healthnet, MBHP, Neighborhood, etc.), or are uninsured. The service is available to youth from birth through age 21.
• Website: Youth Mobile Crisis Intervention at Community Healthlink
• Telephone: 866-549-2142 (Grafton and Millbury)
National Hopeline NetworkThe Hopeline is a suicide prevention program that links callers to a certified crisis center nearest the caller's location. Crisis centers networked under this single, toll-free number are certified by the American Association of Suicidology, assuring compliance with national standards and quality of services.
• Website: National Hopeline Network
• Telephone: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Mental Health Information for Parents
• A Parent's Guide to Depression
• Mayo Clinic Video on Preventing Teen Suicide
• Boston Medical Center Parent Guide for Talking to Students about Parkland, FL
• Tips for Parents Regarding Adolescent Grief
• Riverside Trauma Center Parent Guide for Supporting Students after the Suicide of a Friend
• Riverside Trauma Center Parent Guide on Normal/Expected Reactions to Death
If you are concerned about how a student is coping, please contact their school counselor.