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Student Mental Health


Student Mental Health
Counseling Resources
School Based Mental Health Counseling
St. Augustine High School in conjunction with the St. Johns County School District Student Services office and local area mental health service organizations offer on-campus mental health counseling services to students on a referral basis. Contact your student’s school counselor for more information.

Local Mental Health and Family Services providers in St. Johns County and surrounding areas

Suicide Life LineSuicide Prevention Life Line
1-800-273-TALK (8255)



LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline
Need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk?
1-866-4-U-TREVOR or 1-866-488-7386



Mental Health Information and Coping Strategies
The SAHS school counselors recently met with students in Coach Esguerra’s HOPE classes to discuss mental health. Mental health is a state of well-being that allows us to know our own potential. Mental health allows us to cope effectively with the normal stresses of life, to be productive, and to contribute to our community, family, school, friends and social groups. Mental illness a medical condition that interrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Mental illness often results in an inability to cope with the normal stresses of life. Mental illness can affect up to 1 in 5 adolescents. Click here to view the full presentation!

Student suggested coping strategies:

Physical activity Go fishing Cooking Watching videos
Exercising Hunting Baking cookies Watching a favorite show
Working out Punch a punching bag Reading Drawing
Weightlifting Yoga Journaling Chilling with a friend
Boxing Take a break Writing Taking a nap
Running Go on a walk Reflecting Eating
Dancing Go outside Praying Talking to someone
Playing sports Deep breathing Think about positive things Venting
Horseback riding 4 box breathing Playing an instrument Going to the beach
Skating Close your eyes, count to 10 Listening to music Traveling
Swimming Meditation Singing Spending time in nature
Football Spending time with a pet Taking a hot bath Spending time with family
Basketball Cleaning Drinking a cup of hot tea or coffee
Surfing Be productive Playing video games

Mental health issues can be managed, and we are here to help! Please reach out to the school counselors, teachers, deans, nurse, family, friends, health care providers, and spiritual leaders for support.

 Mental Health Prevention/Intervention Resources

    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), available 24/7
    • AZS Behavior Health Services  Call 215-284-3485
      • Services Offered: In home and community based behavior health services for children with ADD/ADHD, depression, behavior problems, anger, Autism, and impulse control issues
      • Child Guidance Center    Call 904-448-4700
        • Services Offered: Specializes in helping children, adolescents, and their families cope with the stresses of life. Services include: Behavioral health services, community family services, individual counseling, and group therapy
    • Daniel Kids  Call 904-296-1055
      • Services Offered: Mental health, mentoring, counseling, foster home placement, independent living services, behavior counseling, and adoptions
  • EPIC Community Services   Call 904-829-2273
    • Services Offered: Counseling for substance abuse, anger management & mentoring services for children
  • St. Augustine Youth Services   Call 904-829-1770
    • Services Offered: Counseling, training, behavior modification, medication management & group home for ages 6-18
  • Parents Anonymous        Call 800-352-5683
    • Services Offered: 24 hour parent help line and support group for parents. Provides parenting and anger management tips

Affordability Resources

  • Florida KidCare      Call 888-540-5437
    • Services Offered: Low Cost Health Insurance for Children
  • Hope Haven Children’s Clinic   Call 904-346-5100
    • Services Offered: Mental health, academic support, tutoring, speech and language, learning disabilities & counseling
  • St. Johns County Social Services          Call 904-209-6140
    • Services Offered: Free or discounted prescription Assistance with medical bills, medication, rent, utilities & transportation
  • GoodRx
    • Services Offered: Compares retail prices of prescription drugs from different pharmacies in the United States. Coupons, discount card. Mobile app. Pill identifier.

Source: Episcopal Children’s Services Resource Guide