Mental Health

Taylor County Mental Health Department

At Taylor County Schools we believe that having a happy, well-focused student leads to academic success and a positive all around school experience for all students. Sometimes mental health issues can become a problem in achieving a student’s goals. We have many different mental health providers that we encourage our students to use with their parents agreement. These mental health providers can see the student at home or in the school with the completion of a parent permission form. 


Below is a list of some of the providers that have developed a trusted, professional relationship with Taylor County Schools:

A New Dawn A New Beginning: 850-329-5776 


Apalachee Mental Health Services: 850-584-5613


Disc Village: 850-223-1003

Florida Therapy: 850-878-0494 


Panhandle Therapy Center: 850-674-8888


Let us help you coordinate services! If you would like us to link you to mental health services . Fill out the release form and we will coordinate services! Guardian Release of Information for Mental Health Services

If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal or in need of help please text or call:

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline


Or Text “Help” To The National Crisis Text Line



For services at Taylor County School District or information please feel free to contact Paul Peavy, LMHC; Taylor County Co-Mental Health Coordinator or 850-838-2500


In Taylor County we strive to meet the many needs of our students.  Below are some of the guidance services offered at various school sites.  For more information please contact the counselor at your child's school site.

Taylor County Primary School     

Lori Mixon - 850-838-2506 or 850-838-2530 


    Taylor County Elementary School 

    Angie Frostick - 850-838-2530 


    Taylor County Middle School          

    Missy Gray- 850-838-2516   


      Taylor County High School             

      Sonya Sadler and Sharon Jandula - 850-838-2525         


        Big Bend Technical Institute                  

        Sandy Hendry  - 850-838-2545    

        Mental Health Curriculum Being Taught To K- 12th Graders Per Florida Statute

        Florida Statute (6A-1.094121) requires each school district in the state of Florida to provide five hours of curriculum related to youth mental health awareness assistance, including suicide prevention and the impacts of substance abuse for each K through 12th grader.

        In Taylor County, we will use lessons that include videos that have been specifically created to serve the needs of our students.  These lessons and videos have been created by the Taylor County Mental Health Coordinator, using resources from the National Institute of Mental Health, Lauren's Safer Smarter Schools, and MBF Teen Safety Matters.  The curriculum will be coordinated by licensed mental health professionals with the assistance of educational professionals.

        These lessons, under the supervision of the mental health coordinators and will be implemented during class for middle school students and high school students. 

        The topics that are required to be covered within the course are as follows:

        1. Mental Health Awareness and Assistance
        2. Classes discussed characteristics of good mental health, characteristics of mental health problems and resources to help them if they are having a problem.
        3. Prevention of Suicide
        4. Students were given a safety plan to fill out for when they are feeling down.  They were asked to write down positive activities they can do, positive places they can go and people they can talk to.
        5. Prevention of Mental Health Disorders
        6. Recognition of Signs and Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders
        7. The Process of Accessing Treatment
        8. Strategies to Support A Peer, Friend, or Family Member with a Mental Health Disorder
        9. Prevention of the Abuse and Addiction to Alcohol, Nicotine, and Drugs
        10. Strategies to Develop Healthy Coping Techniques
        11. Awareness of Resources, Including Local School and Community Resources
        12. How to Reduce the Stigma Around Mental Health Disorders



        The Taylor County Implementation Plan for Substance Use and Abuse and Mental Health for the 2020 - 2021 School Year can be viewed at 

        If you have any question, please feel free to contact to contact Paul Peavy, Taylor County School District Mental Health Coordinator, you can email him at