Mental Health Resources/Safety Updates


Mental Health Resources/Safety Updates

The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority.  We have many initiatives in place within the district to provide assistance and also wish to provide many outside sources as well.     

As part of a coordinated collaborative effort of all Stark County School districts, Marlington Local Schools has begun using the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (SS-ARS). This is a reporting system that is being implemented in all middle schools and high schools in Stark County and will provide the opportunity for students and adults to submit anonymous tips via a mobile app, a website, or a crisis telephone hotline that is staffed 24/7 with a licensed counselor.  

The tip line is 1-844-5-SAYNOW.

Click here to be directed to the website. 

SS-ARS is sponsored by an organization called the Sandy Hook Promise, which is a non-profit organization founded and led by several family members who lost loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.  Their aim is to provide programs and practices that protect students and staff while preventing the senseless and tragic loss of life. 

There is a mobile app, website, and a 24/7 phone hotline to provide anonymous tips that will be routed to school officials in situations where school intervention is needed.

12th Annual Conference for Families and Educators of Students with Special Needs 
 Saturday, March 14, 2020
Click here for the conference brochure 
Click here to register or scan the QR code below to go directly to the registration page
Mental Health Stigma Squasher
Mental Health Resources:  
Available resources in the Marlington Local School District district are: 
Schools Counselors: 

Child & Adolescent Services On-site Counselors: 

CARE Teams 

  • The Marlington Local Schools CARE Team (Coordinate and Align Resources to Engage, Empower and Educate youth, family and community) is designed to assist students and their families with nonacademic barriers. The implementation of CARE Teams is comprised of teachers, administrators and staff from multiple community agencies including law enforcement, mental health, alcohol and drugs, and other social service agencies located throughout the county. The team works together in a school-based environment to address challenges facing the at-risk student population and their families.  For more information please contact our Family Support Specialists, Mrs. Kathy Weibush at [email protected] for the middle school or high school, or Ms. Cathie Ellison at [email protected] for the elementary schools.
Available Resources: 
Child and Adolescent Services (C & A) 
Please click here to read their Blogs 


Learn more by clicking here.

Worried about suicide? Learn the FACTS!

Are you concerned that someone you know may be at risk for suicide? Your first step in helping may be as simple as learning the FACTS or warning signs. The following signs may mean that a youth is at risk for suicide, particularly if that person attempted suicide in the past.

Feelings- Expressing hopelessness about the future.

Actions- Displaying severe/overwhelming pain or distress

Changes- Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, including: withdrawal from friends or changes in social activities; anger or hostility; or changes in sleep.

Threats- Talking about, writing about, or making plans for suicide.

Situations- Experiencing stressful situations including those that involve loss, change, create personal humiliation, or involve getting in to trouble at home, in school, or with the law. These kinds of situations can serve as triggers for suicide.

1. Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior.
2. Ask directly about suicide.
3. Encourage them to call the 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 330-452-6000 or text ‘4Hope’ to 741741.
4. Involve an adult they trust.
Remember, if you have IMMEDIATE concerns about someone’s safety, call 911!

Suicide is a preventable problem. By taking the time to notice and reach out to a peer, you can be the beginning of a positive solution.

Learn more at

Suicide Prevention Coalition:  Resources available 24-7 

Counselors are available 24 hours/7 days a week/365 days a year. If you or someone you know are in crisis, please immediately contact us.

Youth Suicide Prevention 

There is no single cause of suicide. No one cause or event makes a person suicidal. Suicide is a result of multiple stressors that make an individual feel out of control, trapped or unable to change what is happening. 

Heroin and Opiate Help 

Parent Resources:  If you’re worried your child may need help or might try to hurt themselves, trust your instinct. 

Student Resources:  If one of your classmates seems sad, lonely or depressed, or if you’re generally concerned the emotional health of yourself or another young person, we can help. 

 Care Network 

Stark County residents can access behavioral health services regardless of their ability to pay through the Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) Care Network. StarkMHAR funded service providers accept various insurance programs, Medicare and Medicaid. Stark residents that are not covered by one of those options can receive services. Their ability to pay for those services will be determined by their income and could be fully subsidized by StarkMHAR. 

Support Groups 



NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Stark County.   NAMI Stark County works toProvide Hope for Recovery for Persons and Families Impacted by Mental Illness”.  A support group for loved ones/caregivers meets at Science Hill Community  Church on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month and NAMI offers Family to Fmaily classes  along with Peer to Peer classes - all for free.  Here is a link to find out more.


Please visit this website for information on talking to your kids, safeguarding yourhome and sign and symptoms.   Please click here to sign up for "Know! Parent Tips" and "Know! Teachable Moments" which will be emailed to you.   

Following are a few of the Start Talking Publications. 

Know!  How To Talk To Your Kids About School Violence

Know! How to Talk Teen Relationships and Dating 

Know!  Every Bite Counts 

Know! To Fuel Their Critical Thinking 

Children of parents who talk to their teens about drugs are up to 50% less likely to use. A majority of substance-free adolescents credit their parents for the decision not to use illegal substances.



Common Sense is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century. 




Promoting Coping Strategies in Youth 

 Project Aware Strength Based Resources

 Positive Behaviorial Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

School Climate



Family Engagement 

Youth Coping Strategies 


 Recovery Village Resources



Stark Help Central Resources 


Addiction Resources for American Communities 


Internet Safety

"Back to School Digital Parenting Tips," Jesse Weinberger, Overnight Geek University 

"10 Apps for Parents to Monitor Kids' Mobile Use," Erin Dower, 

"Safety Beyond Facebook: 12 Social Media Apps Every Parent Should Know About," Erin Dower, 



OSU Opioid Overdose Family Support Toolkit

Healthy Kids Learning Community : This platform will enable participants to share their concerns and practices, related to youth and families impacted by the opioid epidemic, and to increase collaboration with child welfare agencies, substance abuse treatment providers and the court system to improve outcomes for children, parents, families, providers, and supporters.


Videos from Mental Health/Wellness Parent Series



News and Upcoming Events

View text-based website