O'Dea High School

Personal Counseling

As challenges develop that affect an individual student’s ability to achieve to his fullest potential, members of the O’Dea counseling department are available for personal counseling. When appropriate, the O’Dea counselors will develop a support plan that may include a referral to professional resources outside of the school. The O’Dea counselors will incorporate recommendations from the qualified professional and communicate the plan to the proper faculty and staff members.

Student Assistance Program

In an effort to provide another avenue of support for our students, the O’Dea Counseling Department has developed a Student Assistance Program. We have designed this program so that students can anonymously report when they are concerned about another O’Dea student. When a report is made during school hours, a counselor is notified immediately. The counseling team then determines the appropriate action to be taken for the student of concern. The Student Assistance Program can be accessed by students on Microsoft Teams. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s counselor or the Assistant Principal for Student Services.

Click here for the Terms of Agreement and Privacy Policy.

JED Foundation

O’Dea has joined JED High School–an initiative of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to empower schools with a comprehensive framework and customized support that enhances their efforts in student mental health and strengthens substance misuse and suicide prevention programming and resources. As part of this program, O’Dea will embark on an approximately 18-month strategic collaboration that assesses and bolsters the work that is already being done and helps to create positive, lasting systemic change in our school community.

At O’Dea, we believe mental health promotion, substance misuse, and suicide prevention efforts are a school-wide responsibility.  We understand the importance of providing a safe environment where your student can learn and grow, which is why we strive for excellence in making O’Dea healthy and supportive community.

For more information about our partnership with JED, contact Erik Michels.

To learn more about JED and access resources, click here to visit their website.

O’Dea Parent Night: Supporting the Mental Health of Teens during COVID-19