Mental Health & Wellness
With the safety and well-being of our students as a top priority, we recognize that strong mental health plays a vital role in a student's growth and success. Lakota offers a variety of services and supports to meet the mental health needs of our students.
If a person needs immediate assistance:
Immediate Crisis Response and Consultation
Mobile Response Stabilization Service: 844-427-4747
Consultation Support and Referral/Intake
Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC): 513-636-4124
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
- Butler County Crisis Hotline: 844-427-4747 or call 911
- Ohio Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741
We want all of our students to be healthy and ready to learn, and we recognize that strong mental health and wellness play a vital role in a student's growth and success. Students who are struggling with stress, anxiety or other concerns cannot focus on school work. That's why we’ve partnered with Catalyst Counseling and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to help increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare.
In addition to their network of school-based providers, MindPeace also manages a comprehensive community database of all the mental health providers in our region, along with other helpful resources to meet the needs of students and their families. Visit the MindPeace website to view the comprehensive list of providers and resources.
After a rigorous needs assessment and interview process, Independence Elementary identified Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Center as our partner.
Our Mindpeace/CCHMC Therapist is Anthony Gargano. He comes with us with more than ten years of experience in the mental health field, working with students in various settings from rural to urban as well as five years of experience as a school administrator serving in Lower Price Hill. He enjoys hanging out with students and equipping them with the tools they need to succeed both at home and in the academic setting. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, eating cheese conies, cooking, drinking iced coffee, and spending time with his wife and three kids.