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4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson Arizona 85718
Phone number: 520-209-8300 | Fax: 520-209-8520
Attendance Line: 520-209-8318
School Hours: 8:35am-3:25pm
Counseling Office 520-209-8305
Health Office: 520-209-8304
Athletics Office: 520-209-8412
Registrar: 520-209-8385
School Code: 030476

Ms. Jody Brase
Principal

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Counseling Department

Mental Health and Wellness

Mental Health Resources

Mental health/well-being is essential for all students.  The links provided are not intended to be a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional. We strongly encourage parents to start with the insurance provider when seeking treatment. Listed below are some community resources.

Anxiety/Stress Management/Depression

  • Phone Apps

    • SAM App: "SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behavior over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection. The 'Social cloud' feature will enable you to share your experiences with the SAM community while protecting your identity."

    • Headspace: "Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is meditation made simple."

    • Breathe2Relax: "Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management."

    • Calm: "Calm is the #1 app for Sleep, Meditation, and Relaxation. Offers guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music."

    • What's Up?: "Utilizes some of the best CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Stress and more."

    • Insight Timer:  "Offers the largest free library of guided meditations on earth and the world’s most loved meditation timer, for free."

    • Stop, Breathe, Think: "Meditation and mindfulness app that helps you find peace anywhere. It allows you to check-in with your emotions, and recommends short, guided videos, tuned to how you feel. "

  • Websites

  • Social Media Accounts

                        @calm

                        @tinybuddha

                        @drcarolineleaf

                        @headspace

                        @MindfulEveryday

Local Mental/Emotional Health Organizations

  • La Frontera: La Frontera Center provides outpatient and residential mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, youth, and adults in Pima County. Contact Number (520) 838-5600.

  • Banner - University Medicine Whole Health Clinic: Provides outpatient primary health care and behavioral health services. Contact Number (520) 694-1234.

  • University of Arizona Department of Psychology Behavioral Health Clinic: Outpatient therapy to individuals, couples and families at low cost. The BHC serves as a training center for graduate students in the Department’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Contact Number: (520) 621-9683.

  • Catholic Community Services of Southern AZ: Committed to helping individuals develop solutions for dealing with life’s stresses and uncertainties and improving the quality of their lives and relationships. Counseling services are provided by Masters-level licensed professionals and by supervised interns. Contact Number: (520) 623-0344.

  • Jewish Family & Children's Services: Offer hope and healing to people dealing with anxiety, depression, family conflict, loss, trauma, and other life issues. Contact Number: (520) 795-0300.

  • ​​​Christian Family Care Counseling: Christian-based counseling services for children and families including issues of grief, abuse, families, marriage, adoption, single parenting, divorce, stepfamilies, trauma, neglect, and parent-child relations. Contact Number (520) 296-8255.

Crisis Intervention

  • Teen Lifeline: Teen Lifeline's Peer Counseling Hotline provides youth in need the opportunity to access immediate help from a Peer Counselor seven days a week, 365 days a year. Contact Number 1-800-248-8336.​​​​​​
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Contact Number 1-800-273-8255.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Provides mental health advocacy, education and support to people with mental illness (and their loved ones) in our community. Community-Wide Crisis Line Contact Numbers: 1-866-495-6735 or (520) 622-6000. 
  • Crisis Response Network: Trained crisis intervention specialists available 24/7/365 to help over the phone. Free, confidential, and open to anyone who needs help. Contact Number (520) 622-6000. 

Grief Counseling

  • Tu Nidito: Safe place where children, teens, young adults and families find comfort, hope and support while they are grieving the diagnosis of a serious illness or the death of a loved one. Contact Number: (520) 322-9155. 
  • Casa de la Luz: Offers a selection of support groups where you can find comfort and guidance with others.  Contact Number: (520) 544-9890.

LGBTQIA+ Resources

  • EON: Works to strengthen the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and straight ally youth community by creating social opportunities and providing information and support. Additionally, EON  works to advocate for youth rights. Events and activities are free of charge and open to all youth ages 23 and under. 

  • Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN): Leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community.

  • La Frontera: Provides outpatient and residential mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, youth, and adults in Pima County, Arizona.

  • Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, education, and advocacy.

  • Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (SAGA):Offers information, support services and social opportunities for transgender people while educating others about transgender issues. SAGA envisions a society in which transgender and transsexual people are ensured of their basic rights and can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community. SAGA organizes educational, social, and advocacy programs for gender-diverse people and their significant others, friends, families, and allies.

 

Financial Supports

National School Lunch Program (Free/Reduced Lunch)

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Click here to apply for the NSLP.

Fee Waivers

Families who demonstrate need through the National School Lunch Program (Free/Reduced Lunch), may qualify for:  

  • Free or reduced lunch and breakfast
  • Waived course and athletic fees
  • Assistance with graduation cap and gown and Grad Night
  • Fee Waivers: SAT, PSAT, ACT, college applications 

When completing the application (https://www.lunchapp.com/), please indicate that your child’s counselor may have access to this information. This will help the student qualify for other assistance such as transcript fee waivers, school supplies, etc.
 

Youth On Their Own

YOTO is an acronym for “Youth on Their Own.” This organization is a local not-for-profit agency founded to support the high school graduation of youth who are not living with parents. YOTO supports high school-aged students by providing financial assistance and basic household and personal needs, as well as guidance and other resources, while they work to complete high school.
 
Students currently residing in any setting other than with their biological parent(s) are able to apply for the YOTO program. The reason for being on one’s own does not matter as long as it is through no fault of the student.  (E.g., Students choosing to leave home because they don't like living with their parents would not qualify.) An application may be submitted at any point during the school year, and returning students must reapply at the start of each school year. 

If you or someone you know can benefit from the services YOTO provides, or for information on how to help this organization support local youth, visit the YOTO website at http://yoto.org/.  Students may submit an application at http://yotoaz.org or contact counselor Rachel Reitz at 520-209-8376 or rreitz@cfsd16.org 

McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is intended to guarantee homeless children and youth access to education and other services that will allow them to meet the same student academic achievement standards as other children in the state.  If you have become homeless or displaced, contact counselor Rachel Reitz at 520-209-8376 or rreitz@cfsd16.org.  Information re McKinney-Vento can be found here

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