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Recent research has consistently highlighted the significance of building the social-emotional competence of our students as a vital component of effective bullying prevention. The evidence suggests that when students develop strong social-emotional skills, they are better equipped to navigate interpersonal relationships and manage conflicts, ultimately reducing the incidence of bullying. Salem City Schools uses Second Step, a research based curriculum, to teach students how to recognize, report and refuse bullying.

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Signs of Suicide (SOS) is an evidence-based youth suicide prevention program that has demonstrated an improvment in students' knowledge and adaptive attitudes about suicide risk and depression.  The program is designed for grades 6-12. It teaches students how to identify signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers, while providing materials that support school professionals, parents, and communities in recognizing at-risk students and taking appropriate action. 

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Social Emotional Learning is a crucial component in the development of healthy individuals. It is a fundamental process that shapes the lives of young people and adults alike. It encompasses the acquisition and application of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable individuals to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions. Salem City Schools uses Second Step, a research based curriculum  to teach social emotional learning. 

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We are pleased to share that we are offering a new resource to support mental health and wellness. is free to all staff, parents, and families in our district.

G.W. Carver Elementary School Counseling Department

6 Fourth Street
Salem, VA 24153

Phone - 540-387-2492
Fax - 540-375-4105

Our office hours are Monday – Friday 7:40 am to 2:15 pm.

If you feel in danger of harming yourself or others, please call 911. Other resources are Carilion Connect (540-981-8181), Lewis-Gale Respond (540-776-1100) and the National Crisis Line (1-800-784-2433). If you feel you are being physically harmed by a caregiver, you may call Child Protective Services at (1-800-552-7096).

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Melissa Nelson
School Counselor
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Welcome to Counseling!

Greetings GW Carver Community! My name is Ms. Melissa Nelson and I will be at Carver for the remainder of the 23-24 school year! I have been in education for over 20 years–as a history teacher, an elementary counselor, a middle school counselor, and a clinical counselor. I love working with children of all ages and helping them learn skills to self regulate, to manage conflict, and to be their best selves. 

The easiest way to reach me is through email; please let me know if I can do anything to support your student.