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Our Mental Health Team

The health and wellness of our students is a top priority for all Salisbury faculty and staff.  In addition to our Health Center staff, Salisbury works with experts in the field of mental health and strives to ensure the mental well-being of each and every boy.  We are pleased to work with the following experts in this field:

COVID - 19 Resources

Dear Students and Parents,

Recognizing that the COVID-19 crisis brings with it added challenges and stressors, we want to reassure you that Salisbury School Health Services is here for you.

Ms. Hammond, Mrs. Trudeau and Mrs. Rees are available to both students and parents/guardians as a source of support through solution-focused conversations and to help guide students and families to establish local resources and mental health support.

The health services team will be providing opportunities via Zoom for students and families to connect with one another and talk through challenges and stressors they are facing. Be on the lookout for an email with more information.

In the meantime, please feel free to email any of us with questions or concerns. We are here to help you navigate these unprecedented times together.

Many of us will likely experience strong feelings at various times and for various reasons due to COVID-19. Remember, everyone reacts differently to stress, and all reactions are normal. We have put together a list of resources that you may find helpful during this time. 

That being said, if you or your child are experiencing a mental health CRISIS/EMERGENCY, please utilize one of the following resources. Please do not  send an email, as we may not see it for several hours.

  • Call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, Text the Crisis Text Line--text Talk or HOME to 741741.
  • Call 911

We look forward to partnering with you as we navigate this challenging time.

Stay well!
Beth Hammond, P'20 
Director of Health Services

Dr. Randall Dwenger has been Salisbury School's consulting psychiatrist since 2007. With over 30 years experience in adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Dwenger provides psychiatric evaluations, medication management and individual psychotherapy to students at Salisbury School. Dr. Dwenger has an office on campus and appointments are coordinated around students' schedules. Referrals can be initiated by students, parents or faculty by contacting the Director of Health Services.

Ruth Trudeau, LMFT, LADC, is Salisbury School's counseling consultant. Mrs. Trudeau has been working with Salisbury School students since 2004 and provides individual counseling to students in her on-campus office. Mrs. Trudeau is able to schedule appointments around students' schedules. Counseling can be initiated for acute situations (homesickness, conflict resolution) or may be ongoing (anxiety, depression, coping strategies). Referrals can be initiated by students, parents or faculty by contacting the Director of Health Services. 

Sarah Stapleton-Rees, LCSW joined Salisbury School in 2019 and brings a wide breadth of experience to Salisbury School's Student Health and Wellness program. The program provides health education/promotion initiatives to support the overall well-being of students.