The Canal Winchester Schools Mental Health Team is dedicated to supporting the mental health and well-being of all of our students.
Each of our school buildings has dedicated school counselors who are the first point of contact for students and families who are dealing with mental health concerns. In addition, each school has a Mental Health Specialist on staff, a Mental Health Intern from a local university, and a Mental Health Counselor from Nationwide Children's Hospital. Counselors can refer students to this team as needed. The Mental Health Team is led by Mental Health Supervisor Mr. Danny Morales, the Mental Health Specialist assigned to Canal Winchester High School.
Over the past several years, schools around the world, including CW Schools, have seen a tremendous increase in mental health needs within our student population. The recent pandemic, isolation, and socio-economic issues at home exacerbated an already-overwhelmed system both within our district social-emotional/counseling positions and in outside mental health providers. This overwhelming need is the driving force behind the restructuring of our Mental Health Team and our passion to help our students who have the following needs and more:
- anxiety & depression
- eating disorders
- suicidal ideation
- homicidal ideation
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- conduct disorder
- social deficits
- anger management
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- peer-relational skills
- executive functioning deficits
- self harm