Oliver Ames High School
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If you are experiencing any type of social, emotional or mental health issues, please contact your School Counselor.  Please also see us if you are worried about a friend or family member. The guidance and counseling department at Oliver Ames High School has a number of resources for students and their families who are in need of support services.

Mental Health Resources
Our school uses SOS Signs of Suicide to teach suicide prevention to students. This portal is designed to provide parents with information about our suicide prevention efforts and helpful tools for supporting your child’s mental health.  
Click here for Community Resources regarding students who may hurt themselves.  
Facts for Families about depressed children.  
BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.) is a private, non-profit human services organization providing services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral health, and public health needs.
Riverside Community Care provides Youth Emergency Services team provides services to children (under 21) who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis with a mobile, face-to-face response. Our team can meet with youth and their families at one of our community-based locations or we can travel to homes, schools, and other locations with the goal of avoiding a hospital emergency room visit and unnecessary hospitalizations.
Hospitalization - Bringing your child home after a hospitalization.
National Alliance on Mental Illness- The NAMI Basics program is a resource developed by parents who've had children and adolescents with mental illnesses in their own lives. This is a free course that is taught all across the country in NAMI groups. Six sessions, about two or three hours, help the parents to put their experience into some perspective, deal with the traumatic impact on the parents, problem solve for their children, and learn more about mental illnesses. Preregistration is required since space is limited.   There is a class being offered in Wellesley in October. For information and a schedule of where this course is being offered.  NAMI Basics Information
Here is a handout of local and national 
mental health resources.
Crisis Text Line- Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
Information from Good Samaritans on suicide preventionOur ProgramsWallet CardTaking Care of YourselfHow to Help a Friend.
AYANA - a user-friendly app matching marginalized communities with compatible licensed therapists based on their unique experiences and identities across race, gender identity, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability.

Executive Functioning
Compass Skill Groups - Our Skills Groups focus on a combination of Social Skills, Executive Functioning Skills, Emotional Regulation Skills, and Coping Skills depending on the needs of the group members.  We also offer individual skills sessions related to behavior therapy, executive functioning, special education, personal and IEP goals.

Seth Perler website - blog to help parents, help their kids work on their executive functioning.  If your child struggles with school (homework, trouble staying on-task, disorganized, problems with time management, avoidant, resistant, forgetful, overwhelmed, etc.), they probably struggle with Executive Function.
Child Mind Institute gives ideas of how to help your student with executive functioning.  

LGBTQ Resources
The Trevor Support Project a place where LGBTQ youth and their allies can find answers to frequently asked questions, and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more! Remember, if you need immediate support or help, Trevor’s counselors are just a phone callchat, or text away.
Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. 
Trans Youth Family Allies Anyone who will enthusiastically nurture, support, respect and validate a trans, gender variant or gender questioning youth’s inherent right to self-identify and self-express, regardless of their age or where on the gender continuum that expression may fall, or more importantly, may lead.

ADHD/Autism Resources
CHADD - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Asperger Autism Network - supports for students and families dealing with autism.

Substance Abuse Resources
The Massachusetts Substance Abuse HelplineMany parents can’t tell if their child is struggling with substance use, and they might not know where to turn. Helpline Specialists can answer your questions and refer you to services to help your child and you.
Motivating Youth Recovery (MYR), Community Healthlink, 26 Queen Street, Worcester, MA, 508-860-1244 website
Boston Childrens Hospital, Adolescent Substance Abuse & Addiction Program, 617-355-2727
The Family Center & Community Connections Brockton, 934 west Chestnut Street, Brockton, MA 508-857-0272
Newport AcademyNewport Academy is a series of evidence-based healing centers for young adults, teens and families struggling with mental health issues, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Newport Academy has been creating programs for 10 years for teenagers and young adults aged 12—27. If we are not the right fit, we’ll help you find what your loved one and family needs.