Mental Health Support

Mental Health Support Line

  • During the district closure, a Mental Health Support Line has been added as a service for students and families. This support is staffed by School Social Workers, trained in addressing trauma, grief, and resource determination. School Social Workers will be available to provide online counseling to students and parents. In addition to online counseling, students and families will be able to receive referrals for additional services. This hotline may be reached as an option from the Homework Hotline by calling 1-833-466-3978 during operating hours.

    For general questions concerning academic packets, distance learning, etc., please direct parents and families to the Help Desk at  313-240-4377.

    Hours of Operation

    Monday – Thursday

    5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    Contact Information

    For additional questions during closure, please contact Deputy Superintendent Iranetta Wright at iranetta.wright@detroitk12.org.

Mental Health Screener

  • In partnership with the Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students, TRAILS, from the University of Michigan, in fall 2019, the District tested 9,179 students, 7,096 high school students, and 2,083 8th graders. While student results were anonymous, the data was reviewed and used to identify essential elements for the Social-Emotional Practices and Mental Health Wellness Protocol.  

    As a part of this year’s initiative, 19,064 students were provided the universal screener during the assessment window. From this data, school counselors and school social workers will identify students for tiered interventions and support, based on a tiered model.  Assessed students will be assigned based on the following:

    Tier I – Continued participation and engagement with whole school initiatives that promote mental health. This may include Expect Respect, Sanford-Harmony and Overcoming Obstacles character development, and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) activities.

    Tier II – Small group interventions designed to address student concerns. As the curriculum recommended by TRAILS follows the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model, participating students will require parental permission.

    Tier III – Referral for more intensive mental health services and supports. One-on-One check-in by a school counselor, school social worker, or other staff. 

    For more information about Trails, please click here. 

Mental Health Resources

  • Mental Health Resources

    Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network

    313- 833-2500; Helpline: 800-241-4949; TTY: 800-603-1044

    Website Link

    Southwest Counseling Solutions

    313-841-8900

    Website Link

    The Guidance Center (Adult and Children)

    313-876-4000

    Website Link

Community Resources

  • Community Resources

    Wayne County Health Department - Department of Public Health

    734-727-7101

    Website Link

    COVID-19 Hotline

    734-287-7870

    Website Link

    City of Detroit - Detroit Health Department

    313-876-4000

    Website Link

    DWSDs Water Restart Plan: Wayne Metro

    Detroit resident living without water in your home or have received a notice of service interruption call.

    313-386-9727

    Website Link

    Gleaners

    Gleaners to provide alternative sites where families can get groceries.

    866-453-2637

    Website Link

    DTE Assistance

    800-477-4747

    Website Link

Are You Ok, How Can We Help?

  • Are You Ok, How Can We Help? Tuesday Tips

  • Caring for one’s emotional and mental health is vital to their overall well-being. As a district, we are committed to supporting students, families, and staff through these challenging times. To this end, we have launched the “Are You OK?” Health and Wellness campaign. 

    As part of this commitment, the district will be launching several actions focused on social-emotional learning tools and strategies, as well as community mental health resources and recommendations. This campaign will focus on sharing information that can be used both at home and at school.  

    The ”Are You OK?” campaign includes:

    1. Home Visits to check on students and make certain they “Are OK”
    2. Small group counseling sessions for students exhibiting the need for additional support
    3. Mental Health referrals for students and families
    4. Monthly wellness tips shared through media platforms
    5. Parent Academy sessions
    6. Self-Care sessions for teachers and staff
    7. Fun Friday sessions for staff covering a variety of interests

    Please contact your child’s school counselor for more information.