Behavioral and Mental Health

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The School District of Palm Beach County keeps the safety of students at the forefront by providing behavioral and emotional supports for students and families to ensure success.

Programs include Mental Health Services and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) that assist students to receive the services they need in order to be lifelong learners.

Our School and District staff is trained in youth mental health to recognize the early signs of mental illness and distress in order to conduct a compassionate conversation with a young person in need of assistance.

Things Parents can do When Concerned About Mental Health
  • Talk with your child's pediatrician
  • Get a referral to a mental health professional
  • Talk with your child's school Behavioral Mental Health Counselor
  • Learn more about mental illness
  • Work with the school
  • Connect with other individuals and families

How to Support a Friend or Relative with Their Mental Health
  • Contact - Stay in regular contact. Pick up the phone; send a text or email to check up on your friend or relative.
  • Listen - Listen to your friend or relative. Be patient and understanding.
  • Support - Offer to go with them to find some extra support and advice from professionals.
  • Encourage - Encourage them to talk about how they are feeling.
  • Coping Skills - Help them to develop coping skills such as relaxation or deep breathing. Be there to practice with them.
  • Respect - Respect their limits and do not put pressure on them to do things.
  • Daily Tasks - Ask them if there is anything you can do to help them with tasks such as shopping, cleaning, etc.
  • Well-being - Talk to them about how exercise, sleep, and eating healthy can help with their mental health.
  • Judgement - Do not judge them or be critical when talking to them.
  • Yourself - Make sure to look after yourself and your own well-being. 


The School District of Palm Beach County