Mental Health and Healthy Living

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. 

Healthy Living are the steps, actions and strategies one puts in place to achieve optimum health. Healthy Living is about taking responsibility and making smart health choices for today and for the future. Eating right, getting physically fit, emotional wellness, spiritual wellness and prevention are all a part of creating a healthy lifestyle. 

The Park Hill School Community supports all students in their journey to living healthy.
In this Mental Health and Healthy Living section, you will find contacts for our school counselors and school social workers, as well as important resources.


We all experience grief, loss, and death, yet we shy away from talking about it.

We ask ourselves questions like, "What do I do now?" or "Am I supposed to be over it by now? Should I still feel this sad?" Imagine being a child and having to process all of these same questions. Join this webinar with Gen Nelson for resources, tools and a better understanding of how we can walk alongside our youth through their grief journeys.

Gen Nelson, MS, NCC and LPC, has been a school counselor for eight years, serves on the Missouri School Counselor Association Board of Directors, and is a group coordinator with the Lost & Found Grief Center in Springfield, Mo., where she provides ongoing grief groups for teens. She has presented information on grief work at the state and national levels.

Register here for the webinar on March 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. 


Signs of Suicide is a universal, school-based depression awareness and suicide prevention program designed for our middle-school or high-school students. The goals are to . . .


  1. Decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression.

  2. Encourage students to seek help for themselves or their friends. 

  3. Reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment.

  4. Engage parents and school staff as partners in prevention.

  5. Develop community-based partnerships to support student mental health

Parent resources
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SOS opt-out form (PDF)

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health and Wellness Webinar

We partnered with Tri-County Mental Health Services and hosted a parent night, to help support mental wellness and suicide prevention. We recorded the webinar and saved the presentation that we used, so that everyone can access this information and our resources. 

parent night

parent night

Parenting in Challenging Times

Parents are one of the biggest influences in a child’s life. This is why we are hosting our Parenting In Challenging Times webinar series on a variety of topics to make it easier to do one of life’s hardest jobs — parenting.
Visit the link below to watch for upcoming webinars and register to watch the recordings of our previous webinars.

Parenting in Challenging Times webinar series

Webinar series

talking about Violence

After the tragedy in Florida, many families reached out to us with questions about talking to children about violence. It is normal for both children and adults to experience a range of emotions after a national trauma like this. We want to provide support to families, students and staff as we face these tough issues. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has resources to help us have these conversations.

We have been preparing for a parent webinar this spring that will include national mental health experts sharing advice. Watch for more information about this.

Talking to Children about Violence (PDF)

visit website with more tips on talking to students about violence (opens in new window)