Mental Health Resources

 

We want your student to find confidence in who they are, and to experience spiritual/emotional/academic success here.

 

I’m Erin Torr, the Mental Health Counselor here at MVCS.

I feel so lucky and blessed to have my role at school, supporting our students and families in their emotional and psychological wellbeing. I’ve been here for over 12 years and I still love coming to work every day! This fall, on Fridays, I’ve been bringing my wonderful, sweet, mini golden retriever, Rusty, and the students are obsessed with him! He is the ultimate therapy dog. 

Each day’s work is unique–I love the challenge of connecting with students of many ages on a variety of topics, and helping them to feel heard and understood. I offer them a safe space to process feelings, confusion, and challenges. I find that 90% of the time, they are calmer after sharing and being heard, enabling them to return to class less weighed down.

When our young people suffer, parents suffer too. I also enjoy supporting parents as they navigate the intense terrain of raising teens. Parenting is so hard! It’s beautiful and brutal simultaneously. I find that if parents also have a safe place to process their feelings and difficulties, they can engage the issues at hand with more clarity and wisdom. So, I welcome the opportunity to know our Monte Vista parents and meet with them whenever helpful. 

We have a couple ways for parents to connect with one another. Moms in Prayer meets every Friday morning at 8:15. Parent Conversations meets once monthly, usually on the last Thursday of the month, at 8:30 am.

Help comes in many forms. I’ve listed some resources that I hope you find helpful. Please share your favorites with me as well.  I love to read, listen to audio books and podcasts, and watch shows that depict teenage angst. Some come from a Christian perspective, others don’t. We can gather wisdom from many places and people. 

 

 

 

Dates for parent conversations will be available in the fall semester.

 

 

 

No RSVP needed.         No perfect parents allowed.
 
 

 

Anxiety and depression have always existed for teens. The adolescent years are a time of tremendous growth, often causing immense distress as teens navigate daily challenges socially, academically, physically, and emotionally. With the ever-increasing tech presence in their lives, teens are more overwhelmed than ever. The alarming statistics regarding our youth and emotional distress have gotten international attention and all the experts are weighing in. Anxiety is the defining issue of our time.

if you have concerns about your teen, please reach out to your physician or a counselor.