Mental Health & Wellness
With the safety and well-being of our students as a top priority, we recognize that strong mental health plays a vital role in a student's growth and success. Lakota offers a variety of services and supports to meet the mental health needs of our students.
If a person needs immediate assistance:
Immediate Crisis Response and Consultation
Mobile Response Stabilization Service: 844-427-4747
Consultation Support and Referral/Intake
Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC): 513-636-4124
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
- Butler County Crisis Hotline: 844-427-4747 or call 911
- Ohio Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741
We want all of our students to be healthy and ready to learn, and we recognize that strong mental health and wellness play a vital role in a student's growth and success. Students who are struggling with stress, anxiety or other concerns cannot focus on school work. That's why we’ve partnered with Catalyst Counseling and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to help increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare.
In addition to their network of school-based providers, MindPeace also manages a comprehensive community database of all the mental health providers in our region, along with other helpful resources to meet the needs of students and their families. Visit the MindPeace website to view the comprehensive list of providers and resources.
We want all of our students to be healthy and ready to learn, and we recognize that strong mental health and wellness play a vital role in a student's growth and success. Students who are struggling with stress, anxiety or other concerns cannot focus on school work. That's why Ridge Junior School partners with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to help increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare.
The partnership is made possible by the district's partnership with MindPeace, a non-profit that serves as a catalyst for connecting its network of professional mental health providers with schools. After a rigorous needs assessment and interview process, we identified Cincinnati Children's as our partner.
Melissa Carmichael is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who received her master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in 2013. She has worked as a school-based therapist for over eight years in various schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. Melissa values the importance of access to mental health support within the school environment and works with students to help them overcome social, emotional and academic difficulties.
Melissa utilizes a variety of modalities in therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy, while also using creative and expressive techniques to individualize treatment for each student. Melissa recognizes the importance of the developmental years of adolescence and will continue to advocate for students to succeed socially, emotionally and academically.
Melissa likes playing sand volleyball and cheering on Cincinnati sports teams. She loves traveling and has a goal to visit all 30 Major League Baseball ballparks.