Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Resources for students expressing symptoms of an emotional or mental health need

Published on: 6/1/2020
​​If your child experiences, or expresses symptoms of, an emotional or mental health need, you should contact the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225. This most often includes thoughts of self-harm or harm to others but may also include concerns such as anxiety.

GCAL is a free resource provided to all Georgia Families that aims to provide immediate and qualified mental health assistance and referrals to families. You may also download the MyGCAL app at no cost from the app store.

If you believe that this need is an emergency, please contact 911 immediately. 

What should I do if I become aware of a child welfare concern?

If you become aware of a concern for a child’s well-being (i.e. abuse or neglect), please contact the Department of Family and Children Services at 1-855-GA-CHILD to make a report. Reports are anonymous. If you believe that a child is in immediate danger, please call 911. ​

My child is asking a lot of questions about COVID-19/Coronavirus and is very anxious about everything that is happening. How can I assist my child in coping with all of the news and changes?​

As this is a new and constantly evolving challenge for all of us, it is perfectly reasonable for your child to have questions. The best advice is to be as honest with your child as possible while reassuring them that you and others are here to support them during this time. The following resources provide excellent information and tips to assist you and your child in coping with this experience.


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