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Prioritizing Wellness


After observing recent challenges due to COVID and rising risk factors in teens, Mater Dei prioritized a partnership with CHOC Children's Mental Health at the start of the 2020-21 school year. We have an ongoing goal of building wellness throughout our MD community. 
Working closely with the AP of Student Health and Formation as well as our MD Counseling Department, CHOC Psychology provides support and training in student mental health using evidence-based best practices. 
Services Provided (students, parents, faculty and staff)
  • Workshops on a variety of topics including stress management, growth mindset, and the importance of sleep. 
  • Resources for faculty and techniques for in-class exercises. 
  • Confidential treatment options with CHOC team for students (with parent permission)
  • Support for campus mental health crises
  • Social emotional curriculum to help students understand and manage emotions, set and achieve goals, and form strong relations.  
As this program continues to grow, we welcome feedback from our community. We're here to help! 
School counselors meet with students for every day stressors (relationship issues, test-taking anxiety, etc.). If school counselors believe you need a higher-level of service, they will make a referral to CHOC using the form link below. Students and parents can also use the referral form. 

CHOC is available for assessment of higher-level needs, with short-term therapy or outside referral. The Mater Dei and CHOC teams will screen referral forms to determine the appropriate level of service. The CHOC and MD Counseling Referral Form will not be available from June 13th through August 1st, 2022, students should be directly referred to school counseling services during this time frame.  

The Counseling Department is open from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Students can drop in to see a school counselor during the day, or they can email their school counselor. If necessary, the school counselor can relay mental health concerns to the CHOC Psychology team. CHOC Psychology will have limited hours on campus over the summer. 

If this is an emergency outside of school hours, please visit your nearest emergency department.

You can also consult the following resource numbers: 

  • Crisis Assessment Team (CAT; parents must make the call): 1-866-830-6011
  • Crisis Youth Crisis Hotline (24 hrs): 1-800-843-5200
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Suicide Prevention Center (24 hrs): 1-800-784-2433
  • Crisis Text Line: 741741