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
Every student at Liberty Junior has access to DeMarco Robinson, the School Counselor. Mr. Robinson supports the social, emotional, career and academic needs of students. Should more intensive support be needed, Michelle Williamson, the school-based therapist, can work individually with students who are referred to her service. This is like traditional therapy and is billed through your health insurance, but with the convenience of being within the school.
Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength (SOS) is a building-wide suicide prevention program that uses Peer Leaders to enhance protective factors associated with building mental wellness, reducing suicide and increasing the connectedness between students and the adults in the building. The advisors for SOS are Michelle Williamson, Tiffany Rexhausen, Maddie Barnhill and DeMarco Robinson.
LJS offers multiple groups, including Companions on a journey (COJ) and the Envisions group, to assist students with meeting their needs. These groups are facilitated by outside providers and a referral has to be made to participate in these groups. COJ is a group to help students with the grieving process of losing a loved one. Envisions group can assist with learning coping skills and life skills to navigate junior high.
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 Solutions Community Counseling, 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.
Michelle Williamson is the School-Based Therapist through Solutions Counseling and has been at Liberty Junior since 2018. Michelle has her Master’s Degree in Social Work from University of Cincinnati and has been a Licensed Social Worker through the state of Ohio since 2011.
Prior to supporting the mental health and wellness of LJS students, she worked as a Community-Based Therapist with children and adolescents and was a social worker at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on the psychiatric inpatient units.
Michelle is passionate about mental health and social emotional learning and prioritizes working collaboratively with parents, the school counselor, administrators, school staff and outside providers as necessary to support the unique needs of a developing junior high student.
If you believe mental health therapy would be beneficial, for your student please reach out to Michelle through email or by calling her work cell phone directly, or you can contact the school counselor or administrator.