Each school has a dedicated counselor. School counselors focus on academic, career, and social-emotional needs. By creating solid and effective guidance programs, school counselors enhance the learning process and help create a positive school culture for academic achievement.

If you or your child would like to talk with a school counselor, you can:

Call or email your school counselor by calling the school or locating their contact information on the BPS website.

Crisis Response Services

For medical/mental health emergencies, call 911.

DSHS Child Protective Services: 1-866-829-2153

For immediate non-emergent support

24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-584-3587

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: call, text or chat 988

Online crisis chat:

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741.

: Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678

Teen Link (6-10 p.m./7 days a week- a helpline for teens by teens): 1-866-833-6546

Below are some additional resources on important topics.

Community Resources

BPS Community Resources page has additional community agencies and resources, organized by topic.

If you have questions or concerns about a child, you can contact family resource navigators. They will help you figure out what is needed, connect you with resources, and get you pointed in the right direction.

The is a locally based, community governed guide to the services and information needed to navigate life in Whatcom County. Opportunity Council is the steward of the resource directory.

is a comprehensive source of information about local resources and services.

Mental Health Providers

– Allows user to search by location, specialty, insurance, type of therapy, etc.

is a comprehensive source of information about local resources and services.

:360-676-2164

: 360-922-6670or 1-844-822-7609

: 360-398-5444

360-676-6177

360-312-2019

Families can call 1-833-303-5437, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., to connect with a referral specialistfor children and teens 17 and younger from across Washington.

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Response Services

Prevention Resources

is a collaborative program that includes the Whatcom County Health Department, Bellingham public School District, the Whatcom Family and Community Network and the Whatcom Prevention Coalition, and is aimed at offering hope through positive action.

The provides many resources for school staff and mental health providers.

is an information referral service that assists with providing resources in your community (call 211 or visit )

is a skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.

Crisis Response Services

For mental health emergencies call 911.

You can also access the at 1-800-584-3578 to talk to a local mental health/crisis responder. You can also ask providers to come meet with you.

For immediate non-emergent support:

24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-584-3578

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: call, text or chat 988

Online crisis chat:

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741.

: Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678.

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860

Teen Link (6-10 p.m./7 days a week- a helpline for teens by teens): 1-866-833-6546

Laura Cardinal

Director of Mental Health Services

Laura Burke

Mental Health Specialist

Rachel Garcia

Mental Health Specialist

Jacy Johnson

Mental Health Specialist

Anna Rittmueller

Mental Health Specialist

Clover Martin

Administrative Assistant

360-676-6455

Contact your school