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Mental Health

Our mission is to provide mental health services through the implementation of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas School Safety Act by advocating for social emotional wellness and connecting students, their families, and the schools through collaboration with community providers.

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Individual Counseling

Group Counseling

School Consultations

Case Management

Crisis Team Member


Peace River Center/Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT)

Phone 1: 863-519-3744
Phone 2: 800-627-5906
Hours: 24 hours, everyday
About: Serving Polk, Highlands, & Hardee counties. The crisis response team offers mental health support to schools, the community and other service providers following critical incidents such as hostage situations, school violence, or sudden loss of a teacher or fellow student.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Phone: 1-800-273-8255
Hours: 24 hours, everyday
About: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

Florida Mental Health Helpline

Phone: 1-866-846-5588
Hours: 24 hours, everyday


Phone: 211
Hours: 24 hours, everyday
About: Crisis intervention service for free confidential telephone helpline. Provides emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention, information and referrals.

United Way of Central Florida

Phone: 808-370-7188
Text: Text your zip code to 898-211

24 Hour Crisis Lines

Peace River Center

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Trevor Project
Saving Young LGBTQ Lives


and support groups

Baker Act Receiving Facilities - for Children

Law enforcement will transport to the nearest ER. All ERs must accept but may then transport to an alternate location

Lakeland Regional Medical Center
1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805
24 Hour Crisis Line
Accepts Children 10 and Over

Peace River Center Bartow
1255 Golfview Avenue, Bartow FL, 33830
Accepts Children Under 18

Support Groups

Winter Haven BayCare Health
Outpatient treatment provides substance abuse/mental health services designed specifically for children and adolescents. Treatment plans include assessment and individual, group, family, and play therapy. Specialized counseling offered for sexual abuse, trauma, infant mental health, parenting, ADHD, dialectal behavioral therapy, social skills, anger management, and child welfare.

Heartland for Children
Social Services organization that focuses on redesigning the foster care system.

Aunt Bertha
Find food, medical assistance, housing, job training, etc. by zip code

National Alliance of the Mentally Ill

Grief Support

Bethany Center, Good Shepard Hospice
105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL
First and third Thursday of each month, 6-7:30 pm, ages 5-17
The parent or guardian must attend with the child. Dates and times are subject to change.

Additional Crisis Hotlines

Children’s Home Society
Children’s advocacy center, counseling services, etc.

Mental Health Providers

Peace River Center

Crisis Line
1255 Golfview Avenue, Bartow
24 Hour Crisis Line and Mobile Unit

Bartow Outpatient Center
1255 Golfview Avenue, Bartow
Psychiatric services as well as individual counseling

Lakeland Outpatient Center
1835 Gilmore Avenue, Lakeland
Psychiatric services as well as individual counseling

Substance Abuse Outpatient Center
1835 N. Gilmore Avenue, Lakeland

Community Action Treatment Team (CAT Team)
P.O. Box 1559, Bartow
Ages 11-21, with a mental health diagnosis.
DJJ involvement is not required. The length of service is 6-9 months.

Rape Recovery & Resource Center
M-F 8:00am – 5:00pm
1860 S. Crystal Lake Drive, Lakeland

Watson Clinic Behavioral Health Division

(863) 668-3465
2020 Edgewood Drive South, Lakeland
Private outpatient counseling only accepts Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Psychological Services only

Winter Haven Hospital: The Sweet Center
Outpatient Services

Psychiatric Services
120 First Street South, Winter Haven
Psychiatric services as well as individual counseling


Actions in Bill Intended to make Florida Schools Safer

An increase in access to mental health, a requirement for a safe-school officer at each school, and a refined process for investigating and following up on threats of violence.

What happens if a student makes a threat?

All threats [written, verbal, or on social media] will be taken seriously. Threats will be assessed by the school based team in accordance with the Code of Conduct.
Threats involving a weapon will be reported to law enforcement. If high risk, law enforcement may request a risk protection order (RPO). An RPO prevents individuals who are at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms.