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Martha Kent

Director of Social and Emotional Learning


Phone:  (706) 219-4664 EXT. 1126


At Mountain Education Charter High School we strive to address the needs of the whole student.  In addition to academic success, we want our students to experience success throughout all aspects of their lives.  To address the Social and Emotional Learning of students at MECHS, teachers in collaboration with our student services department address the needs that go beyond the classroom.  

Social and emotional learning (SEL), as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”  

Through a variety of learning opportunities for both students and adults, great efforts are made to help students achieve their goal of graduating from high school and prepare them socially and emotionally for a successful life.

Social and Emotional Training Available to Collaborating Districts

ASIST - Suicide Intervention

Suicide Intervention- ASIST


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (two day training)

  • Provides a framework for conducting an intervention.

  • Participants work together to learn suicide first-aid skills:

    • Identify people who have thoughts of suicide

    • Understand how beliefs and attitudes can affect suicide interventions

    • Listen to the story of a person with thoughts of suicide and recognize turning points that support life

    • Conduct a safety assessment, develop a safe plan, and confirm the safety actions.

SafeTalk - Suicide Intervention


Suicide Awareness for Everyone: Tell, Ask, Listen, KeepSafe (4 hour training)

  • Provides a framework for helping and connecting people with thoughts of suicide.

  • Participants learn about suicide alertness by

    • Moving beyond common tendencies to miss, dismiss, or avoid suicide

    • Recognizing people who have thoughts of suicide

    • Applying the TALK steps to connect a person with thoughts of suicide to a suicide first-aid intervention caregiver

  • All MECHS staff in are trained in safeTALK

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Eight-hour training designed for adults who have regular contact with adolescents

  • Teaches how to identify risk factors & warning signs of MH problems in adolescents

  • Builds understanding of the need for intervention

  • Teaches individuals how to help adolescents in crisis or experiencing a MH challenge

Social and Emotional Program training available to MECHS sites

Sources of Strength

Sources of Strength

  • The mission of Sources of Strength is to help students and staff rely on their strengths.

  • Teaches that your voice has great power and we must use it to break the silence when someone is struggling and connect them to the help they need and deserve.

  • Mentors will be the Adult Leaders at each site for Sources of Strength.

Social and Emotional Programs in Collaboration with Student Services

BASE Social and Emotional Learning

BASE Social and Emotional Learning


  • Effective for both prevention and intervention

  • 20+ online modules with a variety of topics will be used in small group and individual format

  • Will be utilized by Counselors, Social Workers, and C&C Interventionists

  • Parent modules available

Signs of Suicide

Signs of Suicide


  • Listed on SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration)  National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices

  • Adult led program that will be used in Mentor groups implemented at all sites.

  • Follow up with individual students where needed.

The goals are to:
1) decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing student knowledge and adaptive attitudes about depression
2) encourage personal help-seeking and/or help-seeking on behalf of a friend
3) reduce the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge the importance of seeking help or treatment
4) engage school staff as partners in prevention through “gatekeeper” education
5) encourage schools to develop community-based partnerships to support student mental health

Community Based Health Resources

Community Based Mental Health


Avita has counselors in 3 sites (Hall, Hill Center and Forsyth) Monday-Thursday.

Georgia HOPE serves an additional 8 sites(Union, Pickens, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Dawson, Murray and Bartow). They will provide on site services as needed following an online referral and intake process which they will do onsite.

We are working to find sources to serve the 5 remaining sites (White, Stephens, Habersham, Rabun and Bowman) in a similar capacity.




Social and Emotional Learning Suite   (Mymec login required)