Mental Health Resources
Dear District 61 Community,
Our mission to inspire and empower each child to realize their full potential can only be accomplished if we are able to provide support and resources to our students, families and staff who may be in need. Darien 61 is committed to providing a safe, welcoming and inspiring environment for our students, parents, staff and community.
Crisis and Suicide
Darien 61 encourages you or your child(ren) to reach out to their teacher, principal, assistant principal, or other trusted adult in the school if you or someone you know are in crisis or thinking about suicide.
The following resource is available 24 hours a day for anyone who may be in a crisis or having thoughts of suicide.
National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline- 988
Text or Call- 988
To further support this endeavor, the district has invested in an additional support service through ReferralGPS.
ReferralGPS is a service providing assistance to our community in finding local mental-health and substance-use related treatment resources. The service compliments the district's existing systems of support as a tool for student service teams and families to connect with treatment. Along with a searchable database of treatment options, ReferralGPS provides Care Navigation to assist families in triage and appointment setting. Referral GPS Flyer
School district staff and families may access ReferralGPS in two ways:
1- Contact Student Services (social workers, psychologists, counselors) to seek out treatment options.
2- Visit this link: https://referralgps.com/find-help/darien61 to search for treatment resources or connect with a Care Navigator anonymously.
The platform has the ability to filter by mental health concern, clinician, specialty, location, and insurance acceptance. The service is available for all types of private and public insurance options including PPO, HMO, Medicaid, and families that are uninsured or underinsured.
ReferralGPS is available for use by district students, staff, and families at no cost. All information entered on the ReferralGPS tool is completely confidential and securely stored.
Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider reaching out to your school's Student Services or visiting https://referralgps.com/find-help/darien61.
Dr. Robert Langman