Mental Health Services Of Florida’s mission is:
To provide necessary, innovative services to a community of private and charter schools that help children and their families grow from their struggles, heal from their pain, and move forward to where they want to be in life.
Mental Health Services of Florida is working to connect underserved children with the mental health resources they need, by ensuring every school has at least one counselor and that services are accessible to all children, regardless of their household’s socioeconomic status.
The changes brought to Jacksonville by the COVID-19 pandemic have hit children the hardest. As reports of mental health crises and symptoms of mental illness among school-aged children and youth began to increase, concerned citizens formed Mental Health Services of Florida (MHSOF) for the sole purpose of finding and addressing gaps in the mental health care provision to children in Duval County. The first service gap we identified affects students. Many schools and families in our service area lack the resources and expertise to provide students with ways to access professional mental health care while at school. To address this, MHSOF intends to sponsor qualified counselors who will work on-location at participating schools, at no cost to the school. These counselors will provide individual and family counseling, behavioral health help, psychoeducation, and referrals for other services as needed.