In case of a non-medical mental health or substance use crisis, contact the following resources, available 24/7/365:
* Mobile Crisis (all ages): 888-573-1006
* The Caiyalynn Burrell Child Crisis Center: (877) 277-8873, 277 Biltmore Ave
* C3356 Behavioral Care or Detox Walk-in (18+): 828-254-2700, 356 Biltmore Ave
* Asheville Vaya Health Mental Health Line: 1-800-849-6127
For medical emergency or immediate safety concern: call 911
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or call 988
Trevor Project Hotline (LGBTQ-specific):1-866-488-7386
How to reach us:
6th Grade School Counselors:
Alison Rhodes (Atlantis Team)
Kristin Keliher (Endeavour Team)
7th Grade School Counselor:
8th Grade School Counselor:
School Social Worker:
By phone: 828.776.9733
Journal: Set aside a few minutes every day to write about what you are feeling. Journaling can be a great tool in managing your mental health. There are also apps for journaling that kids might prefer.
Be Social (but not just on social media): Stay connected - but truly connected, not just scrolling through social media. Monitor your time on Insta, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. and be aware of how it makes you feel.
Get Outside: Research shows that being outside lowers the rate of depression. Some ideas include: sit outside while you do your homework, go for a walk in your neighborhood, or find a trail in the mountains to take a hike.
Random Acts of Kindness: During difficult times, we often see the most beautiful acts of kindness. If you are home and looking for things to do, check out this page for great ideas!
Exercise: Physical fitness is an important coping mechanism. It can help keep anxiety at bay and maintain a sense of normalcy and well-being. Here is a list of free workout videos you can do from home.
Meditation/Visualization/Breathing: Here are links to videos that will guide you through each of these practices. These are great tools to use if you are feeling anxious, having a difficult time sleeping or just need to relax.
https://bedtime.fm/peaceout/ - Short stories that help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises. Perfect for parents or teachers who want to teach mindfulness and self-regulation.
A great collection of stress-busting games (Tetris! Neon flames! Fractals!)