• HELP IS AVAILABLE 24 hours a day

    If you are in crisis, experiencing difficulty, or suicidal thoughts, here are some things that you can do. 

    • Talk to a family member; or 
    • Talk to a school guidance counselor or school administrator; or
    • Dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333; or 211 Big Bend Resource Directory
    • Call Apalachee Mobile Response Team (MRT): (800) 342-0774; or
    • Call the National Suicide Hotline at 9-8-8; or
    • Text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.
    • Call LCS Safety & Security Center 850.922.KIDS(5437) 24/7 HOTLINE
    • If you or someone you know is in a crisis or emergency, call 911 immediately.

    “If you see something, hear something, say something!”   850.922.KIDS (5437)   


    Call 9-8-8
    Available 24 hours everyday

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.


    Hope for Healing navigates the many ways Floridians can access help for mental health and substance abuse.

  • Check out this Wellness Video produced by Leon High School Student Jordyn Kirksey!

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    Please go to Local Resources for a list of local providers that are providing services via a virtual services platform AND are taking new clients during this time of social distancing and quarantine.

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    DISC Village Health and Wellness Specialists offer students a safe and supportive environment to discuss personal struggles related to Behavioral Health through the New Horizons program.  The program works to increase effective communication, anger management, and decision-making skills while offering support in a time of crisis.  Contact your child's school counselor to make a referral to the New Horizons program your child's school.  Other youth services include:


    Call 2-1-1 for human service information and assistance; available 24 hours a day to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and information & referrals. You do not have to be in crisis to call, there is no eligibility criteria, and our services are free.  


    Mobile Response Team (MRT)

    1-800 -342-0774


    The MRT is a 24/7 on-call crisis intervention service provided through Apalachee Center, Inc. MRT provides emergency behavioral health assessment, and diversion alternative to inpatient treatment when appropriate.


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    Neighborhood Medical Center, the Foundation for Leon County Schools and Leon County Schools have parterned to produced two exceptional public service announcements designed to engage our studentss and parents on the subject of mental health assistance. We invite the community to learn how to listen out for the signals that are being sent everyday. Together we can work to end the stigma and help provide a pathway towards resources. 

    The commercials feature Leon County School's students. 

Knowing Signals Campaign

District Contacts

Mental and Behavioral Health Support Services

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

    Our mental health initiatives consist of a continuum of supports for student mental health wellness within the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) model. School-based mental health service providers, teachers, support staff, parents and community-based mental health professionals collaborate to develop plans and identify strategies and interventions to support student needs.

    In addition, school and district staff participate in ongoing training in youth mental health to recognize, understand, and provide initial support to students who are in distress or who may be developing a mental health or substance use disorder and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Important Resources

Mental Health Resources