Seattle Public Schools


Mental Health Program

Mental Health Services for Seattle Public Schools

The Mental Health Department supports the promotion and access of mental health and wellness across Seattle Public Schools. The Mental Health Department works to align system-wide practices with evidence-based procedures, state-wide mandates, and culturally-responsive services.

Department Contact: Stephanie Edler, MA, LMHC,, 206-252-0819

Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends, or coworkers. If you are struggling with your mental health, know you are not alone. Here are a few steps to continuing your wellness and where to go for support:

  • Focus on your strengths and take steps to improve your wellness (a small walk, drink water, limit electronics/social media)
  • Talk about how you are feeling to someone you trust (a family member, friend, clergy, outside supports)
  • Get additional help if needed: It’s okay to not be okay. If you are needing additional support and ideas for what to do
    • Connect with a medical provider
    • Reach out to 2-1-1 to see additional resources (medical, food support, financial, housing, transportation) in King County. Take a look below to support services within King County

Mental Health and Substance Use Support Services

During these uncertain times you might find that you’re in need of support.  Below is a list of Community Based Providers and Crisis Support contacts to help support you and your family during this time.

If you are 13 or older, you are able to reach out to mental health and health providers and receive confidential services without needing parental/guardian consent.

Please be aware that this is not a comprehensive list of providers in the area. Students and families are not required to obtain services from these organizations.

*If you have private insurance consider contacting your insurance provider for additional resources.

Grief and Loss Support

Art with Heart


Creates and distributes therapeutic books, supportive trainings and programs to help children dealing with the stress and strain of hardship and trauma



Offers support groups for children ages 4-18 who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling or who are living with someone who is seriously ill.

Cancer Lifeline


Offers free classes, consultations, 24-hour support line, and community center for individuals and families who are living with cancer

Cancer Pathways

Provides educational and emotional support resources for anyone touched by cancer. Free of charge support groups, classes, lectures, workshops, seminars, and social events

Crisis Connections


CC Cares program provides support to families after suicide loss. Also provides support to teens through TeenLink and various crisis lines

Evergreen Hospital & Medical Center


Provides peer support groups for children and teens. Parents meet separately in their own group. Art, music, storytelling, and ritual are part of the healing process.

Forefront Suicide Prevention

Offers support for persons affected by suicide.

Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress

Provides services to help persons impacted by sexual assault and other traumatic events.

The Healing Center


Provides a safe environment for people to move through their grief. Support groups for widowed men and women, teens and children; individual counseling and family support.

Inspire Youth Project


Provides emotional support and advocacy to children and teens at risk through support groups, mentor programs, summer camp, and teen programs. Special programs for youth affected by HIV/AIDS.

Providence Hospice & Home Care of Snohomish


Provides grief support and education for adults and children.

Safe Crossings Program & Camp Erin – King County

206-320-4000 – Safe Crossings Program
206-749-7691 – Camp Erin King County

Provides services to children and families dealing with the terminal illness and/or death of a loved one from anticipatory stages of grief and throughout the bereavement process in the form of individual and group support sessions.

Seattle Children’s Hospital Journey


Provides individual, couple, and family support following the death of a child whether or not the child was cared for by Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Separation and Loss Services – Virginia Mason


Provides counseling, psychiatric assessment, and medication management to those who have lost loves ones due to sudden, violent death; primarily homicide survivors.


360-493-5928 or 877-620-3286

Offers a support program for children, adolescents and their families who are coping with a family member’s serious illness or grieving a loved one’s death.

Swedish/Edmonds Bereavement Program


For people who are looking for a safe, confidential place to discuss the death of a loved one, and how they are coping.

Wild Grief

Leads safe, supportive wilderness trips for youth who are grieving a death, providing a unique experience of connection, support and challenge to help them heal.

Youth Eastside Services


Provides evidence-based mental health counseling, substance use and co-occurring counseling and treatment, psychiatric services, and education and prevention programs to help children, teens and families.

School-Based Health Centers

Students have access to mental health and health services through the school-based health center located at their or a nearby school.

All SPS students have access to a wide variety of health services at any of the 30 School-Based Health Centers in our schools. Details and contact information is found in the tabs below.

Public Health Seattle & King County School Based Health Center

  • Cleveland High School
  • Ingraham High School
  • Rainer Beach High School

Kaiser Permanente

  • Aki Kurose Middle School
  • Franklin High School
  • Interagency Academy
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • Washington Middle School

Odessa Brown

  • Garfield High School
  • Beacon Hill International School
  • Lowell Elementary


  • Ballard High School
  • The Center School

International Community Health Services (ICHS)

  • Seattle World School

Country Doctor

  • Meany Middle School
  • Nova High School


  • Dearborn Park Elementary
  • Denny International Middle School
  • Eagle Staff Middle School
  • Bailey Gatzert Elementary
  • Highland Park Elementary
  • Lincoln High School
  • Madison Middle School
  • Mercer Middle School
  • Rising Star Elementary
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Roxhill Elementary
  • Chief Sealth International High School
  • West Seattle Elementary
  • West Seattle High School

Suicide Prevention Support

Suicide Prevention Lifeline


The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Click here to learn more about Seattle Public Schools’ Suicide Prevention and Intervention Resources

Crisis Supports

Families can access the Children’s Crisis Outreach Response System through Crisis Connections

Crisis Connections


Texting support for times of crisis. Provides resources on topics like isolation, anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, bullying, relationships, suicide, and self-harm.

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741-741

Facebook chat: Go through Crisis Text Line and message HOME (24Hr Support)

Teen volunteers are trained to listen to your concerns and talk with you about whatever’s on your mind – bullying, drug and alcohol concerns, relationships, stress, depression or any other issues you’re facing. No issue is too big or too small! Calls and chats are confidential.

Teen Link

1-866-teenlink (833-6546)

Call, Text, and chat available

Sexual Assault and Abuse Support

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center


Serves survivors and their families throughout King County and engaging communities in building a world without sexual assault.

Offers a wide variety of services led by an experienced and integrative team. Services can include 24/7 availability of care for sexual assault through Harborview ED, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, therapy services, and Foster Care Assessment Program (FCAP).

Harborview Abuse and Trauma Center


Eating Disorder Support

The Emily Program

The Emily Program approach is based on the belief that individuals are unique and that they intuitively seek meaning, value, and creativity in life. Effective treatment requires an awareness of the genetic, biological, psychological, social, and cultural impacts on each person.


Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health, and Substance Use Referrals

Asian Counseling and Referral Service


*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth and case by case in-person support

*Excepting medicaid only.

*For private insurance call 206-695-7511 (Adult Services) and 206-774-2432 (Youth/Family Services)

Atlantic Street Center


*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth and in-person support

*Accepting Medicaid only

Center for Human Resources


*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth and in-person support

*Substance Use Support new and current clients

*Accepting Medicaid only

*Wise and WRAP services are closed until further notice.

Consejo Counseling and Referral Service

206-461-4880  x 1102 (South Seattle)

206-461-4880 (South Park)

*Substance Use Support new and current clients.

*Excepting Medicaid only

*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth; Limited in person appointments

Cowlitz Tribal Health Services


*Substance Use Support for current clients only – offering telehealth only

*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth only

*Medicaid and private insurance

Kent Youth and Family Services


*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth and in-person support

*Medicaid and limited private insurance accepted

Navos Mental Health Solutations


*Substance Use Support new and current clients

*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth

* Accepting Medicaid only

Northshore Youth and Family Services


*Substance Use Support new and current clients

*Excepting Medicaid and private insurance

*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth



*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth and in-person support.

*Current waitlist for services

*Substance Use Support for current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth

*Creative online social skills groups; Aspiring Youth (Virtual and in-person)

*Accept private insurance, Medicaid and DDA

Sea Mar Community Health Centers


*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth

*Accepts Medicaid and Apple Health

Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Clinic


*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth and in-person support on a case by case

*Providing in-office private room/space with a computer device to receive telehealth services

Seattle Children’s Hospital


*Outpatient Psych referrals can be provided through a therapist.

*Excepts Medicaid and private insurance.

*Support services offered through telehealth



*Serving current clien

*Serving current clients and accepting new clients. Offering telehealth and in-person support.

*Offering services to clients in office and community

*Accepting Medicaid only



*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth and in-person support

*Substance Use Support new and current clients

Southeast Youth & Family Services

206-721-5542 ex. 31

*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth

*Accept private insurance and Medicaid


* Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth

The Arc of King County

Phone Buddies: 206-829-7053


*All virtual no in-person. 

Therapeutic Health Services


*Substance Use Support new and current clients

*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth and in-person support.

WAPI Community Services


*Substance Use Support new and current clients

*Services through telehealth and in person is cases by case basis.

*Accepting Medicaid and private insurance

*Offering adult treatment options to reduce barriers of youth ageing out of programs.

You Grow Girl


*Serving current clients and accepting new clients through telehealth and in-person support

*Excepting Medicaid and private insurance

Substance Use Resources

The Washington Recovery Help Line


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA National Helpline (24 hour support)

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.