To help students in a time of crisis, each MCPS school has a student support team consisting of a school counselor(s), a school psychologist, a pupil personnel worker, and a school nurse. Some schools have an assigned ESOL transition counselor as part of the student support team. During a crisis, ESOL transition counselors will also support students in schools with large ESOL populations. Following an individual or school-wide crisis, the team provides the necessary support, care and interventions needed to help students, families and staff feel safe, secure and available for learning. They play a key role in ensuring those affected can return to their academic focus as quickly as possible.
In addition to the formal training related to their professions, team members are trained to support students and schools during and after a crisis using a model developed in collaboration with the MCPS Employee Assistance Program, the Montgomery County Crisis Center, and EveryMind.
If you have a concern about your child, please contact any member of the student services team for assistance.
If you are in a crisis or you know someone who is call, text or chat:
To help yourself or a friend with suicidal thoughts call:
If you are concerned about your safety in school or the safety of other students call:
EveryMind 301-424-0656 Crisis prevention and intervention services.
Montgomery County Crisis Center240-777-4000 or walk-in24/7 immediate response to mental health and situational crises.
Montgomery County Access to Behavioral Health Services240-777-1770 / 240-777-4710 or walk-inAssistance with obtaining appropriate outpatient mental health or substance use services for individuals eligible through the public mental health system.
infoMontgomeryDirectory of mental health service providers and resources in Montgomery County.
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services240-777-1432Outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families.
Screening and Assessment Services for Children and Adolescents240-777-1430Substance use assessment and treatment referrals.
Sheppard Pratt Care and Services301-840-2000Community mental health services and programs for families.
ChildLinkInformation and referral service for children birth to 5 years old and their families.
2-1-1 Maryland24/7 access to over 5,000 organizations and programs across the state that provide community health and human services.
Montgomery County BtheOneInformation on suicide and substance use prevention for teens and their families.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The Trevor Project
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Children’s Mental Health Matters! Family
Resource Kit (in english and spanish)
CDC: Children's Mental Health
Mental Health America
The National Center for Children and Families
National Institute of Mental Health