It may be summer vacation, but we can still talk about mental health! So with a new month, here comes a new mental health highlight:
MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
This month we will work towards helping all people, regardless of race, to feel comfortable and safe seeking help for their mental health!
If you or someone you love is struggling with their mental health, there are resources available to help!
My name is Ashley Crean-Kortenhaus and I am the Mental Health Coordinator (MHC) at Monmouth Regional High School. This is my first year at MRHS, but before joining the Falcon family I worked for 4 years at an alternative school for at-risk youth and students with disabilities. I graduated from Monmouth University where I earned my BA in Psychology and Sociology, MSEd in Educational Counseling, and Post-Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey and Nationally Certified Counselor with an additional certification in School Counseling. I recently completed three other certifications to enhance student support services: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional and certificate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Welcome to my website, where you can learn more about the mental health services available to students, as well as access resources available for students, families, and staff. For more information, questions, and concerns, you can contact me at the following:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (732) 542-1170 x.1157
- Fax: (732) 542-5815
- Room #: 402
The mental health services at Monmouth Regional High School have been designed and organized to assist students with their personal, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. There are many reasons that a student may reach out or be referred for mental health counseling: anxiety, depression, interpersonal/peer conflicts, trauma, behavioral outbursts, ADHD, LGBTQ+, personality disorders, teen issues, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorder, self-esteem, stress, relationship issues, spirituality, family conflict, domestic violence, divorce, oppositional defiance, etc. Substance use/abuse concerns should be referred to our Student Assistance Counselor (SAC), Dara Jarosz.
The MHC provides in-school assessment, crisis intervention, counseling and referral services to students who may be experiencing personal, family, and/or peer difficulties (such as those described above). My primary goal is to support students and assist them with managing their mental health and personal challenges to maximize their success in school. In addition to individual counseling, the MHC and SAC also offer groups depending on the needs of the school community.
If you are currently experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 911, visit your nearest emergency room, or call PerformCare at 1-877-652-7624.