Welcome to School-Based Mental Health

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What is mental health?

  • Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

    *Definition retrieved from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

How common are mental illnesses in children and young adults?

  • A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling, behavior or mood. These conditions deeply impact day-to-day living and may also affect the ability to relate to others.


    • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
    • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.
    • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
    • 50% of lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.

    *Definition retrieved from The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

What is school-based mental health?

  • School-based mental health refers to a comprehensive approach to supporting the mental health needs of students within an educational setting. It involves providing mental health services and resources directly within schools or through partnerships with community mental health organizations.


    • Creating a nurturing and supportive environment where students' mental health needs are acknowledged, addressed, and integrated into their overall educational experience.
    • Recognizes that mental health is essential for academic success and overall well-being.
    • Reducing barriers to access, minimizing stigma, and ensuring that students receive the support they need.
    • Focusing on prevention, promoting positive mental health, resilience, and social-emotional skills among students.


    Through school-based mental health, we can foster a culture of mental well-being, where students feel valued, supported, and empowered to reach their full potential.

  • Meet our 2023-2024 School-Based Providers

  • Wanda Kellyman

  • Ms. Wanda C. Kellyman, M.S., M.Ed, NCC, LCMHC
    Pronouns: she/her/hers
    Mental Health Services Program Coordinator
    Psychological Services

    O: 336-748-4000 ext. 70571

  • Crisis Support

    FROST (Forsyth Regional Opioid & Substance Use Team) 336-486-0103

    Need Help? 1-888-235-4673, Relay NC 711, TTY: 1-800-735-2962 (ENGLISH) / 1-888-825-6570 (SPANISH)

    Hispanic Liason (Forsyth County) 336-422-8873

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