If there is one thing students in school need, it’s access to mental health resources. These organizations work to provide that for Cincinnati students.
MindPeace grew out of the Junior League of Cincinnati and connects schools and families with mental health resources. It works to close gaps between these groups to help schools establish on-site programs and partnerships with professionals while assisting families with finding affordable mental health care.
MindPeace currently partners with CPS and dozens of Greater Cincinnati schools. Its website offers a directory of providers for families.
Sources of Strength is a national youth suicide prevention organization. It provides evidence-based programming for teachers, faith-based organizations, and community groups. It also offers assistance with grant writing to help client organizations cover costs.
Because Sources of Strength tailors programming to individual schools and organizations, it offers a few resources online, but you can contact the organization directly for more information.
Grant Us Hope is a peer-to-peer, school-based youth suicide prevention organization with roots in Cincinnati. Student volunteers in “Hope Squads” learn anti-bullying, suicide prevention, and self-care techniques. The organization partners with a number of Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Indiana schools.
More information about Hope Squads and a list of partnered schools is available online.
CPS has several anti-bullying measures, including the Report Bullying Button on the district’s website. Students may also report directly to teachers, and school nurses are required to report instances of bullying as well. The district tracks and acts on repeat instances of victims and aggressors to prevent further attacks.
For emergency mental health support, call or text 988 for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.