Mental Health and Wellness Resources
Fayette County Public Schools is committed to providing all students with a variety of support services to ensure that all students are healthy and secure and ready to learn. There are many resources for students dealing with mental health issues and you are encouraged to reach out to your school counselor for resources.
Here are some helpful websites:
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: www.nami.org
- Mindwise Innovation (Signs of Suicide): www.mindwise.org
The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) is a 24/7 behavioral health crisis call center operated by Behavioral Health Link through funding from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. GCAL provides free and confidential behavioral health crisis intervention and access to behavioral health services. Anyone in Georgia can call GCAL for help for themselves or on behalf of someone else at 800-715-4225 or via the My GCAL app. Callers actively experiencing a crisis can speak with live clinicians trained in deescalation. When needed, GCAL can dispatch mobile crisis response teams to provide deescalation on-site. GCAL information specialists can also provide referrals for treatment in a caller’s area.
For access to services, please call the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL). GCAL is available 365 days a year to help you or someone you care for in a Mental Health crisis, crisis related to an intellectual/developmental disability and/or substance-use crisis. Download the MyGCAL app for text and chat crisis assistance. Search for "MyGCAL App" in the Apple App Store and Android Google Play Store.
In case of an emergency, I should:
- Call 911
- Call a Crisis Hotline and/or take my child for an immediate assessment (refer to CARE Provider resource)
Crisis Hotline that is open 24 hours per day:
- Georgia Crisis & Access Line · 1-800-715-4225
- Fayette County Mental Health Center Hotline · 770-358-5252
- National Crisis Line · 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- Suicide Prevention Hotline · 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
- Take my child to an emergency room
According to the CDC, suicide is among the leading causes of death for people ages 10-66 and is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-14. During times of uncertainty, it is important for students to remain connected to healthy friendships, school activities, trusted adults and needed resources.
It is our aim as a district to teach students to ACT- Acknowledge, Care, and Tell. Knowing the signs of suicide, understanding the importance of practicing self-care or showing a friend you care, and understanding when to tell are all the first steps to saving a life.