Mental health and social-emotional supports/resources

At District 88, the safety, health and well-being of students and staff is our No. 1 priority. We know building relationships proceeds learning, and we continue to focus on connecting with all students. For students to achieve academically, we must first meet their needs outside of the classroom – including providing mental health and social-emotional assistance.

Read about available mental health and social-emotional supports/services below.

Elyssa’s Mission SOS Signs of Suicide program

Elyssa’s Mission SOS Signs of Suicide program teaches students and staff how to recognize the signs of suicide using the ACT technique, which stands for Acknowledge, Care and Tell. 

SOS educates students on how to identify signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers, while training school professionals, parents and community members to recognize at-risk students and take appropriate action. The program seeks to teach youth that depression is a treatable illness, empower them to respond to a potential suicide (themselves, a friend or a family member) and help prevent teen suicide. 

Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) staff

The PPS teams at Addison Trail and Willowbrook consist of school counselors, social workers, psychologists, deans and nurses. For details, including how to request assistance, CLICK HERE.

Student groups

Student groups provide cohesiveness and an environment where students feel safe and can discuss the issues they are facing. A variety of topics are offered each year, including grief/loss, social skills, anger management and anxiety. For more information, contact the Addison Trail School Counseling Department at 630-628-3318 or the Willowbrook School Counseling Department at 630-530-3419.


This is a free, web-based service that assists students, staff and community members in finding local treatment for mental health and substance use needs. Along with a searchable database, ReferralGPS provides appointment setting, follow-up care and help for families in triage. The program accepts a variety of private and public insurance and also is available to those who are uninsured or underinsured. Information entered into the system is confidential and securely stored. To access counseling-related services through ReferralGPS, contact the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) staff at Addison Trail or Willowbrook, or go to


In 2020, District 88 formed a team to concentrate on the social-emotional well-being of students and staff. The purpose of the CARE (Committed to Academics, Resiliency and Equity) Team is to implement intentional social-emotional supports, using inclusive, culturally responsive, restorative and trauma-informed practices.

External resources

For anyone experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, there are various resources available. CLICK HERE for details.

Senate Bill 1577

Senate Bill 1577 went into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

According to the Illinois General Assembly website, “(The bill) amends the Compulsory Attendance Article of the School Code. With respect to the exceptions to the compulsory attendance requirement, (this bill) provides that absence for cause by illness shall include the mental or behavioral health of a student for up to 5 days for which the child need not provide a medical note, in which case the child shall be given the opportunity to make up any school work missed during the mental or behavioral health absence. After the second mental health day used, the child may be referred to the appropriate school support personnel.” CLICK HERE to read more. 

What constitutes a mental health day

  • A mental health day may be taken if a student experiences concerns such as anxiety, depression or somatic symptoms (headache, throwing up).

What doesn’t constitute a mental health day

  • Mental health days are not to be taken as a result of stress caused by a lack of work completion or test/presentation preparation.

  • Mental health days are not to be taken as a result of overscheduling (such as extracurricular activities or work hours).

  • Mental health days are not to be used as an extension of a holiday break or a vacation.

Safe2Help Illinois

The State of Illinois is developing a school safety program called Safe2Help Illinois in an effort to raise awareness of 21st-century threats facing schoolchildren in Illinois.

In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety. This program is not intended to suspend, expel, or punish students. Rather, the goal is to get students to “Seek Help Before Harm.” Safe2Help Illinois will also develop an educational curriculum aimed at changing the culture in Illinois schools while also providing the resources to help parents and educators reinforce the components of this program.

For details about the program, go to

DuPage County Community Resource Information System (CRIS) is managed by DuPage County Community Services Intake and Referral, where they connect DuPage County residents with programs that can assist in many areas, such as financial, housing and health services. 


Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) staff

The PPS teams at Addison Trail and Willowbrook consist of school counselors, social workers, psychologists, deans and nurses. The PPS teams meet frequently to discuss student concerns and develop or implement student interventions.
  1. Addison Trail PPS staff: CLICK HERE

  2. Willowbrook PPS staff: CLICK HERE

Process to request support

  • Addison Trail students can contact their counselor or PPS staff members directly and/or schedule an appointment directly through the appointment scheduling link HERE.

  • Willowbrook students can contact their counselor directly and/or schedule an appointment directly through the appointment scheduling link HERE.

  • Staff and parents/guardians can contact PPS staff to request support for a student (see the staff directories above).

  • Addison Trail Emergency Hotline: 630-782-2801 or

  • Willowbrook Emergency Hotline: 630-782-2803 or

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The Addison Trail High School cafeteria offers affordable breakfast and lunch options for students.

For the 2021-22 school year, all students are eligible to receive a regular school breakfast and lunch (Type A meal) free of charge through the federal school meal program. Second meals, extra milk and a la carte items aren’t included in this waiver, but will be available to buy.

Lunch and breakfast menu

To view the menu items, go to

Cafeteria app

To download the cafeteria app, go to

Free/reduced lunch application

DuPage High School District 88 offers healthy meals every school day. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. See details at

Online cafeteria credit deposits - Café Pay

District 88 offers parents/guardians the ability to make secure, online deposits into their student’s cafeteria account through a program called Café Pay. This money is then available for their student to use in the school's cafeteria by presenting a student ID at the time of purchase.

To access Café Pay, parents/guardians must have an account in District 88’s Learning Management System, Nucleus LMS. To obtain an activation code, contact the building’s Financial Secretary at 630-628-3310.

After you obtain an activation code, you will be able to generate an account for Nucleus LMS. For more information about Café Pay, including details about how to set up your account, go to

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