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Mental Health

Schools are uniquely positioned to provide social-emotional support to students dealing with stress, mental health problems, trauma, bullying, family change, and learning challenges.

Our School Psychologist and School Social Worker are trained to offer mental health services and understand school systems and learning, as well as how behavior and mental health impact children’s overall well-being and academic functioning. 

Mental health supports offered in schools include but are not limited to:

  • Building trusting connections with each student and their family
  • Providing individualized and classroom social-emotional skill development for students
  • Direct consultation and linkage to appropriate community resources for families
  • When further supports are warranted, connecting families to school linked mental health services or other outside mental health supports
Dakota County Crisis Response call 952-891-7171; National Crisis Text Line text SCHOOL to 741741; Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Please refer to the resources on this page for assistance in dealing with mental health needs. You are encouraged to reach out to your school counselor, social worker, nurse or psychologist for additional support if needed. 

Worried about your mental health:

  • Dakota County Crisis Response: Call 952-891-7171
  • National Crisis Text Line: Text SCHOOL to 741741
  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988 

Find additional mental health resources to meet your needs

Carol Wekesser

Carol Wekesser

School Psychologist
Alisha Kaul

Alisha Kaul

Social Worker
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Nicole Ullman

Social Worker

Connection is key!

Conscious Discipline is the Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) framework used at Oak Ridge.  These videos give a brief introduction to Conscious Discipline and how families can use it at home.

What is Conscious Discipline?

Simple Strategies to Use at Home

Connecting and Noticing


Kindergarten Second Step Lessons

Becoming a successful learner isn’t just about academics. Second Step is a social-emotional learning curriculum that supports the whole child. It teaches skills for resolving conflicts, working with others, forming healthy relationships, and making good decisions—so students can be more successful emotionally, socially, and academically.

Focusing Attention


We Feel Feelings in Our Bodies

Solving Problems

Managing Frustration