Student Mental Health FAQ

  • What causes mental illness?

    Typically, there isn’t one particular reason an individual develops a mental illness – it’s usually a combination of factors, which may include:

    • Inherited traits or genes
    • Psychological or emotional problems brought on by major life changes and/or events
    • Exposure to environmental stressors before birth

    How common is mental illness?

    Millions of Americans are affected by mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 5 adults in America experience mental illness each year, and 1 in 5 children ages 13–18 have, or will develop a serious mental illness.

    What are the most common types of mental illness?

    There are many different types of mental illness, but some of the most common types are depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders and eating disorders.

    How is TCS addressing the mental health needs of students?

    • TCS Learning Supports Department includes a Mental Health Services Social Worker to coordinate the mental health services and intiatives available to our students and their families.
    • Students with emotional and behavioral needs may receive additional classroom support through their Response to Intervention (RTI) Team.
    • TCS has eleven licensed School Social Workers who are trained mental health professionals with specific expertise in child and adolescent mental health issues. 
    • The Journey school-based counseling program provides individual therapy to students at their local school as a part of their school day.
    • TCS counselors provide classroom lessons on social-emotional learning, character education, peer relationships, and healthy coping skills.
    • Suicide prevention training is a requirement for all TCS employees.
    • TCS has a suicide protocol and crisis intervention plan to address students who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
    • TCS offers Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to employees. 

    I am concerned about my child's privacy if I talk with my child's school about their mental health concerns. Will information be shared with anyone?

    State and federal statutes provide specific protections to students and parents regarding mental health information. No information about your child's mental health may be shared without your written consent.