Students who are talented and gifted in math and science are unique individuals who bring a variety of attributes and personal characteristics to the academic environment at IMSA. We recognize and support the notion that talented and gifted students are a special population whose needs and desires are different from that of the general population of high school students. To this end, the focus of the counselors is to address the psychological and social needs of our students within the context of research and experience from the field of gifted education. We are committed to the students’ personal, social, and intellectual growth, as well as their adjustment to and engagement with the IMSA community. Students are assisted with identifying and working through personal barriers, normal developmental issues, and stressors, and clinical problems which could impede academic success.
The school counselors will be available for virtual 1:1 meetings, as well as group counseling. Due to HIPAA and confidentiality concerns using the Zoom platform, we will not be using Zoom for counseling services. Instead, the school counselors use thera-LINK as the online counseling platform. Students have the ability to sign up and then log into the thera-LINK scheduler to choose which counselor, which date, and what time you would like to schedule a virtual appointment. This provides a streamlined way to meet with students and have minimal disruption to services. All scheduling and meetings will be done virtually.
Call4Calm State Mental Health Services
The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health offers free mental health services to those that are stressed and overwhelmed with COVID-19. Please text the word “talk” to 552020 for a call4calm. A representative will contact you within 24 hours. Also text the words “food” “shelter ” to access info on how to access resources.
Articles for Your Mental Health
- Decreasing the Strain on Your Relationships During the Pandemic
- Mental Health Month – National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Chicago Forward — For teens, isolation during the pandemic can trigger mental health issues
- Mental Health in Adolescents
- For Educators – Mentalhealth.gov
- The Importance of Mental Health Awareness in Schools