Millard Public Schools and Boys Town National Hotline have come together to give students and their families the best resources available to protect student mental health, well-being and safety.
The Boys Town National Hotline has begun answering the Millard Safe Schools Hotline. The Safe Schools Hotline, 1-888-809-4754, continues to be free and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In addition to students seeking immediate help, the hotline offers trained counselors available to listen to parents and provide helpful insight into different ideas, skills and resources for dealing with children with various issues.
The Boys Town National Hotline is also available for youth to call and work through their daily trials, whether that is the pressure of homework, thoughts about using alcohol or drugs or hurting because a friend has stopped talking to them.
“Children are under a lot of pressure and our trained counselors have the knowledge and experience to help,” said Boys Town National Hotline Director Ginny Gohr. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with Millard Public Schools and commend them on their proactive approach to helping families in our community.”
Millard began the Safe Schools Hotline 12 years ago, a valuable resource for students looking for an anonymous and secure place to talk about bullying, school safety, emotional matters or suicidal thoughts.
“This is a natural partnership," says Millard Public Schools' Superintendent Dr. Keith Lutz. "Boys Town is nationally recognized and respected for the mental health services it offers to young people and their families across the country. Even better, Boys Town is in our backyard, literally. It’s comforting to know that even though the hotline is a toll-free number, the person who picks up the telephone is right here in our district.”
An additional benefit of partnering with Boys Town is the access to its Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services representing 140 languages. Among Millard’s English Language Learner population, 43 languages other than English are spoken.