Mental Wellness Services

Last Updated: 9/7/2022 7:46 PM


Hamilton City School district places a strong emphasis on social, emotional, and behavioral health in order to positively impact learning and life. 

We want all of our students to be healthy and ready to learn, and we recognize that strong mental health and wellness play a vital role in a student's growth and success. Students who are struggling with stress, anxiety, or other concerns cannot focus on school work. That's why Garfield Middle School partners with New Path Child & Family Services to help increase student access to high-quality and affordable mental healthcare. 

The partnership is made possible by the district's partnership with MindPeace, a non-profit that serves as a catalyst for connecting its network of professional mental health providers with schools. After a rigorous needs assessment and interview process, we identified New Path as our partner.

Students who exhibit some of the behaviors below may benefit from some extra help. Some of these behaviors may not be as obvious as others, but they may be a symptom of some underlying mental health issues.

  • Avoidant, anxious, or clingy towards teachers or caregivers

  • General fearfulness/sudden new fears that are not developmentally appropriate

  • Excessive worry or preoccupation

  • Many complaints of aches and pains - especially if there is a pattern to the complaints

  • Sadness/depression

  • Decreased interest in friends or activities

  • A consistent irritable mood

  • A decline in grades

  • Lack of motivation or energy

  • Bully behaviors or those who are the victim of bullies

  • Aggressive behavior

  • Helplessness, passive, or low frustration tolerance

  • Restless, impulsive, hyperactive

  • Inattention, often seem as if they are daydreaming

  • Sexualized behavior

  • Poor peer relationships and social problems

  • Doesn’t seem to understand others’ feelings

  • Absenteeism

  • Increased sensitivity to sensory inputs (bells, door slams, physical contact, etc)

  • Bathroom issues after a developmentally appropriate time

  • Defiant, oppositional behaviors that go beyond what is developmentally appropriate and that are chronic and problematic

  • A recent death or major loss in the family

  • Divorce

  • Chaotic or unstable home lives

  • History of trauma or abuse

Please contact your student's academic advisor. Contact information is below:

Laura Hord

7th Grade Counselor

Christina Riddle

8th Grade Counselor


Mental Health Services and Immediate Assistance

With the safety and well-being of our students as a top priority, we recognize that strong mental health plays a vital role in a student's growth and success.

If a person needs immediate assistance:

Pediatric Mental Health Urgent Care
  Best Point Behavioral Health: (513) 527-3040

Immediate Crisis Response and Consultation
  Mobile Response Stabilization Service: 844-427-4747

Consultation Support and Referral/Intake
  Children's Hospital Psychiatric Intake Response Center (PIRC): (513) 636-4124

Crisis Numbers
   National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 
   Butler County Crisis Hotline: 844-427-4747 or 911
   Ohio Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741

Meet Our Therapists  

Insurances Accepted:


Contact Christina:

(513) 887-5035

David Brand


David Brand is a man who cares about families. He is entering his second school year at Garfield Middle School. David completed his undergraduate education at the University of Cincinnati, completing coursework relating to Early Childhood Education and Care. It was here that the foundation was laid to understand young people, and how they develop over time. He worked in the Mt. Healthy City School district as well as Cincinnati Public school district. During his time with Cincinnati Public, he began to see the struggle of various students and their families as a result of trauma. It was then that his desire to learn more and support was birthed. 

He completed coursework in the area of Clinical counseling and has now been in the field for almost 10 years. One of his greatest skills is his calm demeanor and welcoming posture. He brings a very fatherly, patient approach that is very warm and understanding.  Young people from all backgrounds and walks of life have sought out his insight over the years and the work of therapy is a very natural fit for him. He enjoys building rapport and allowing the session to unfold organically. 

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time traveling with his wife and 4 children.