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School-Based Mental Health Services

Wilder Community Mental Health and Wellness offers school-based mental health services for students and families in some of Minnesota's schools in the Twin Cities.
Helping students and their families grow and heal with mental health support in schools

We offer mental and behavioral health services in some Saint Paul Public Schools, making it easier for students to get the help they need to succeed in school and at home. Your child will miss fewer classes because they won’t need to travel for appointments. They also will be more comfortable in a familiar setting. Our staff work closely with school teachers and administrators, building positive relationships among students and families. 

Schools are a natural setting, where the kids already are.

Knowing firsthand what my students are experiencing helps me as a therapist. I don't know how I could do therapy without knowing how it feels in their world.

Wilder School-Based Mental Health Therapist

Why #SupportMentalWellness in Schools for Youth: 
10 Reasons Schools Should Have Youth Mental Health Services On-Site

Kofi Program: Mental Health Services for African American Youth

Our Kofi services are available to African American youth and their families. Through a partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools, Kofi students receive services that encourages them to find strength in their cultural heritage.

Kofi students build positive self-worth through their cultural identity. As they grow more confident, they are more likely to attend school regularly, do better academically and display fewer disruptive behaviors. 

Kofi is offered at these Saint Paul schools:

  • Battle Creek Middle School
  • Benjamin E. Mays IB World School 
  • Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet
  • Crossroads Elementary Science + Montessori Schools
  • Global Arts Plus
  • High School for Recording Arts 
  • Humboldt High School
  • Maxfield Elementary School
  • Minnesota Math and Science Academy
  • Obama Elementary School
  • Ramsey Middle School
  • Washington Technology Magnet School

Call 651-325-2766 for more information about Kofi.

Wilder Community Mental Health and Wellness offers children's mental health services in schools for students and families.

Bringing on a mental health professional in school can help destigmatize mental health. 

A 13-year-old girl told me she always thought that therapy meant ‘special ed.’ I told her: I’m just here to support you. I’m a person who can hear your story and allow you to be seen. We all need good mental health supports. The school is filled with people who care about us in different ways. Nothing is wrong with you.

Wilder School-Based Mental Health Therapist

Why #SupportMentalWellness in Schools for Youth:
10 Reasons Schools Should Have Youth Mental Health Services On-Site

Hlub Zoo Program: Mental Health Services for Hmong Youth

Wilder Community Mental Health and Wellness offers culturally-relevant school-based mental health services for Hmong students and their families in schools in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Twin Cities.

Hlub Zoo (pronounced LOO-ZHONG) is for elementary-aged Hmong students and their families. Students learn to embrace and celebrate their Hmong identity. They are supported as they achieve academic success and learn how to build healthy personal relationships.

Hlub Zoo is offered at these Saint Paul schools: 

  • Community School for Excellence
  • Jackson Elementary School
  • John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School
  • Mississippi Elementary School
  • Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet
  • Saint Paul Music Academy

Call 651-325-2766 for more information about Hlub Zoo.

Families will have direct, convenient access.

I have a student whose family is experiencing homelessness. The student has been living in a shelter. My student often misses the van to take him to school, and I have sometimes provided transportation for my student. I’ve also met with the family at the shelter and at their cousin's home. By developing strong, authentic relationships, parents may feel more connected and interested in healing themselves, too.

Wilder School-Based Mental Health Therapist

Why #SupportMentalWellness in Schools for Youth:
10 Reasons Schools Should Have Youth Mental Health Services On-Site

Mental Health Services in Schools for All Youth

We have therapists and counselors who work with students of all cultural backgrounds in several Saint Paul schools. If your child is having social, emotional, behavioral or family problems, contact us.

Schools with Wilder services:

  • Benjamin E. Mays IB World School
  • Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet
  • Cherokee Heights Elementary School
  • Crossroads Elementary Science + Montessori Schools
  • Dayton's Bluff Achievement Plus Elementary School
  • John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary Shool
  • Riverview West Side School of Excellence
  • Saint Paul Music Academy

Teachers will gain tools and techniques to promote emotional support and well-being.

With a therapist, a teacher may learn that a child's behavior may have changed. With that knowledge, a teacher might say, "I understand there's stuff they can't do right now. Can you help me identify what they CAN do?"

Wilder School-Based Mental Health Therapist

Why #SupportMentalWellness in Schools for Youth:
10 Reasons Schools Should Have Youth Mental Health Services On-Site

Meet Our School-Based Mental Health Team

It can help families navigate the mental health system.

Sometimes students and families have been hesitant about receiving mental health services due to their misunderstanding about having a diagnosis, or having their own stigma about mental health. Sharing the same cultural background ensures an accurate understanding and translation to provide culturally responsive approaches that bridges the gap between suffering and healing.

Wilder School-Based Mental Health Therapist

Why #SupportMentalWellness in Schools for Youth:
10 Reasons Schools Should Have Youth Mental Health Services On-Site

Read Courageous Stories and Insights about Mental Health in Schools

Mary Her, a therapist with Hlub Zoo school-based mental health program at Wilder

School-Based Mental Health Participant Finds Hope and Healing With Persistence and Support

Emily was a smart and outgoing elementary school student. She was so high achieving that her teacher was initially reluctant to refer her to Hlub Zoo (pronounced LOO-ZHONG), Wilder’s school-based mental health service for students o...More about this story »

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