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Mental Health Matters

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Need to talk? Your school is here to help.

Talk to a Student Services team member--a School Counselor, School Nurse, School Psychologist, School Social Worker--or any adult you trust.

Visit or call 211 for help. Call 911 in an emergency.

What is mental health?
Mental health is as important as physical health to our quality of life. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness, but also means having the skills necessary to cope with life’s challenges. If ignored, mental health problems can interfere with children’s learning, developments, relationships, and physical health. Some problems are more serious than others, but all children face challenges that can affect their learning and behavior.

All of us, from childhood through old age, sometime feel angry, sad, frustrated, worried and out of control. This is normal. Sometimes, a person’s thoughts, feelings and actions become too hard to control and interfere with how well we are able to handle the daily demands of school, home, activities and relationships. This could be a mental health concern.

What are the District's mental health objectives?

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Climate & Culture of School Buildings
  • Adherence of protocols for threat assessments
  • Development of policies that enhance the whole child


  • Mental Health Stigma
  • Violent, Aggressive & Disruptive Behavior

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Student Services team at your child’s school. They are there to support you and your child with any mental health questions or concerns.

Resources provided to us by the Florida Department of Education that you can use when you talk to your child about warning signs to look out for in their peers, and help them feel comfortable talking about their thoughts and feelings.

The health and well-being of our students is a top priority.

October 09, 2020
Points of Pride
You are NOT Alone! In Hillsborough County Public Schools Mental Health Matters

At a time when our daily lives have changed dramatically over the last few months, the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months and years. That is why now, more than ever, it is essential to erase the stigma around mental health, generate more awareness and remind our families of the services offered to provide support to our students.

Our district's mental health team collaborates daily with Student Services staff to work with students and their families to support students' social, emotional, and behavioral health.

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May 18, 2020
Student Success
Not I, but we

The “Not I, But We” Teen Advocacy Group for #MentalHealthAwareness was formed in 2018 by Valerie Muzyka, current Junior at Sickle High School to replace the “I” in mental illness with the “WE” in mental wellness in order to make strides towards eradicating the stigma that surrounds the mental health community. 


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Student Services
(813) 273-7136

Director, Student Services
Holly Saia, Ed.S.
(813) 273-7136

Supervisor, Clinical Care
Michael Kelleher
(813) 273-7136

Supervisor, Emotional Wellness
Elizabeth Tanner
(813) 273-7136

Coordinator, Emotional Wellness
Angela Floyd, Ed.D., MSW
(813) 272-4749

Coordinator, Emotional Wellness
Leonese Reynolds-Pearson, MSW
(813) 272-4729

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