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Mental Health Services

Mental health is defined by the World Health Organization as a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his/her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to his/her community.  When a person experiences mental health problems, there may be notable influences on thinking, emotional state, and behavior.  Sometimes there may be disruption in the ability to perform routine tasks on a day-to-day basis (i.e., school, work, activities).  Some mental health considerations for children and adolescence have included depression, anxiety, excessively aggressive behavior, and suicidal feelings/ideation

If you have concerns for your child in any of these areas, you should feel safe and comfortable reaching out for help. River Valley School District’s board, administration and staff wish to offer helpful resources for families and students who have concerns about mental health. Whether you are seeking in-school support for students or looking for outside services and resources, we are happy to help. 

When you need help at home right away: If you have an emergency or need immediate assistance, please call 911.

If you have a current mental health crisis, please consider taking your child to a hospital emergency department to seek evaluation to determine if he or she needs immediate assistance or referral for resources.

Talk to your primary health provider and/or insurance carrier.

Available Mental Health Resources:
Visit the Indiana County Department Human Services website and access the Human Services Directory to explore agencies and available services.
Call 211 or go to www.pa211sw.orgThe Health & Human Services Helpline in Indiana County has trained workers to assist with finding services and resources.

The Open Door is a licensed non-profit behavioral health organization designed to provide treatment and services for substance use and gambling related concerns; impaired driving program; and crisis intervention for Armstrong and Indiana County residents.

Community Guidance Center is a private, non-profit mental and behavioral healthcare provider with offices in Indiana, DuBois, Punxsutawney, Clearfield, Northern Cambria and Clarion, Pennsylvania.  We provide a wide range of therapeutic and rehabilitative services and resources to all members of these communities.

Text TALK to 741741 Text with a trained Crisis Counselor. This line is free and available 24/7. Every texted is connected with a trained Crisis Counselor, a person trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. For more information, text or visit crisistextline.org 

NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association): (800)-931-2237 (call or text).  Contact the NEDA Helpline for support, resources, and treatment options for yourself or a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder. Helpline volunteers are trained to help you find the support and information you need (listen to your concerns, provide information on eating disorders, help you locate professional help, and explore support options).

National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 800-273-8255 or 988 This hotline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention materials, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. For more information call or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org  An online chat feature is also available at safespace.vibrant.org                  

Mental Health America This non-profit organization provides Mental Health resources, information, and screening tools.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Mental Health Resources This informational website provides resources, information, and action steps to learn about Mental Health and how to access treatment. 

Help Guide  This non-profit organization provides information to improve mental health and make healthy changes 

The first important step is establishing the connection with your school counselor or the school psychologist to explore appropriate options for your family/child. If you have questions about accessing help and/or school counseling services, contact information is below:

Dr. Lisa Anderson

School Psychologist
River Valley School District
724-343-8414

 

Mrs. Beth Blystone

School Psychologist
River Valley Middle/High School
724-343-8414

 

Mrs. Lori Baker

School Counselor
Saltsburg Elementary School
724-343-8438

 

Mr. Rick Schillow

School Counselor
Blairsville Elementary School
724-343-8428

 

Ms. Tammy Buffone

School Counselor
River Valley Middle/High School
724-343-8406

 

Mrs. Bethany Faulk

School Counselor
River Valley Middle/High School
724-343-8407