Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Lowell Wellness Program?
The Lowell Wellness Program coordinates and provides health, mental health and substance abuse services and programs for Lowell students on campus. Wellness addresses a wide variety of issues such as:
∗ Violence and Abuse ∗ Stress/Worry ∗ Depression & Suicide ∗ Sexual Orientation/Gender Questions ∗ Resource & Referral ∗ Sexual Harassment Issues ∗ Coping with Academic Stress ∗ Chronic Illness ∗ Drug & Alcohol Abuse ∗ Family Issues ∗ Defiant , Impulsive, or Acting Out Behaviors ∗ Sexual Health ∗ Peer Relationships ∗ Pregnancy & Birth Control ∗ Cultural Adjustment & Identity Issues ∗ Smoking Cessation
What kinds of services does Wellness offer?
Students can participate in a variety of services including mental health and substance abuse counseling, drop-in counseling, nursing services, case management, support/empowerment groups, conflict mediation and consultation, referrals to community agencies and more. Wellness also connects students to youth development agencies and community-based organizations offer opportunities for youth to explore career options and get connected to resources that will prepare them for future employment. Youth leadership development programs offered through the Wellness center include the Youth Outreach Worker program and our Teacher's Assistant (T.A.) program that supports students in building their resumes and fundamental skills that prepare students to be engaged, driven and active community members and change-makers.
How are students referred to the Lowell Wellness Program?
Students are referred by school administrators, teachers and counselors by completing a Wellness Referral Form. Parents/Guardians can refer students by stopping by the Wellness Center in Room 118, calling (415) 242-2575 or emailing the Wellness Coordinator, Marcus Christmas at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Community Health Outreach Worker at email@example.com. Students can also self-refer in the Wellness Program Drop-In Center during their free mods and after school.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have a crisis situation, do not complete a referral form – contact a Wellness Program provider immediately for support!
When is the Wellness Center open?
The Wellness Program is open M-F from 8:00am to 3:45pm. Students are welcome at the Wellness Center during free mods and by appointment. We close the Wellness Center every day during block 5 to allow us time to develop and implement school-wide preventative health services, but remain open to support students in crisis. We also close from blocks 1-5 every second Wednesday of the month for our monthly offsite meetings with School Health Programs.
How often will students miss classes to utilize Wellness services?
Students usually participate in Wellness Program services during their free mods. Wellness Program providers schedule appointments during free mods. If no free mods are available, providers work with teachers to alternate class periods for appointments and/or group sessions if needed so that students do not miss the same class weekly.
Can parents use Wellness services?
Although Wellness services are funded for youth, we also have health and mental health resources available for families! If you would like support please come talk to us – we are here for you, too!