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
Our Therapy Dog
Techna is Cherokee's Therapy Dog and has been trained, certified, and insured through Circle Tail on how to interact with children within a structured environment. Techna has also undergone temperament and obedience training, and passed with flying colors.
Techna brings joy to students everyday at school and provides many benefits:
Cognitive: Companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem-solving and game-playing.
Social: A dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, encourages responsibility, wellbeing and focused interaction with others.
Emotional: A school dog improves self-esteem, acceptance from others and lifts mood, often provoking laughter and fun. Dogs can also teach compassion and respect for other living things as well as relieving anxiety.
Physical: Interaction with an animal reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses.
Environmental: A dog in a school increases the sense of a family environment, with all of the above benefits continuing long after the school day is over.
*If your student has a significant dog allergy or fear of dogs, please contact our school counselor so she can work with your family to ensure the best experience for your child.
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 Solutions Community Counseling, 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, Cherokee Elementary identified Solutions Community Counseling as our partner to help increase student access to high quality and affordable mental healthcare.
Jessica is a Child and Adolescent Therapist at Solutions CCRC. She works with students, parents, teachers, and counselors by collaborating and planning treatment. Jessica enjoys working within the schools and values the relationships with school staff in order to collaborate for the client.
Jessica has attended trainings in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy and Child/Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) and holds a Master’s degree from Wright State University. Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and fur baby, as well as her family and friends.