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Memorial Behavioral Health “Peace Rooms” Now in Place at Springfield High Schools


The Peace Rooms are free to all students at Lanphier High School, Southeast High School and Springfield High School with no required assessments, paperwork or bills. District 186 is funding the program.

“Our goal is to be available for students when and where they need support and also to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health concerns,” said Jonathan Ponser, of Memorial Behavioral Health. “Too many students experience high levels of anxiety, rising conflict between peers and general mental health issues. The availability of a trained mental health professional on-site is one tool to meet the needs of students.”

All sessions are confidential. Students may utilize the support for issues including: struggles with friends, family or significant others; school pressures like academics or athletics; bullying; social media challenges; experiencing anxiety, depression or stress; facing prejudice, racism or

sexism; or fear for the well-being of peers.

Memorial Behavioral Health therapists will be on-site during the following days and times:

  • Lanphier High School: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday throughout school day.
  • Southeast High School: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday throughout school day.
  • Springfield High School: daily throughout school day.