Mental Health

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) defines social-emotional learning (SEL) as the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

The SEL competencies identify key attitudes and skills necessary for understanding and managing emotions, listening, feeling and showing empathy for others, and making thoughtful, responsible decisions. BCPS offers the following resources to support the physical and social and emotional wellness of students, families, communities, and staff.

I Need Help! - Mental Health Resource Toolkit

Baltimore County Behavioral and Mental Health Services - Baltimore County: This has a webpage that describes the bureau and lists services and numbers to call.

BCPS Mental Health Services – Local resources such as the Crisis text line.

COVID-19 - Updates and current guidelines.

Division of School Climate and Safety 

Mind Over Matters Campaign- Schedule and description of themes by month.

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Office of Health Services - Resources to support health and wellness.

Office of School Counseling - Resources to support preparing students to graduate, on time, as globally competitive citizens ready for college, careers, and life.

Office of School Social Work

Parent University – Resource Library - Resource Library includes contact information for community resources and support hotlines. Parent University also offers workshops for families connected to social-emotional learning.

Resource List for Baltimore County Children and Families

Social-Emotional Support - Links to resources, books, podcasts, and videos.

Tips for Talking About Traumatic Events

Virtual Calming Room  - A space for students, families, and staff to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings.

Community Support Hotlines

  • Baltimore County DSS: 410-887-TIME(8463)
  • Baltimore County Crisis Response: 410-931-2214
  • Maryland Food Bank: 410-737-8282
  • United Way: 211
  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Call and Text: 988
  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Chat:
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