Vandal Supports

Meet Our Mental Health Team at Merrill Community Schools

Katlin Gehringer

Mrs. Gehringer

989-643-7231 ext. 272

Mrs. Katlin Gehringer is a licensed professional counselor who has four years of clinical experience. She started with Merrill Community Schools in the fall of 2022. Mrs. Gehrninger serves as the counselor for 6th - 12th grade students in our Middle and High School.

Kirstin Moore

Mrs. Haltom

989-643-7283 ext. 129

Mrs. Kirstin Haltom began her school counselor journey as an intern at Merrill Elementary School. She loved it here and we loved her too. The following year we brought her on as a full time counselor in the Elementary building serving students in Kindergarten - 5th grade.

Stacey Smyczynski

Ms. Smyczynski

989-643-7231 ext. 273

Ms. Stacey Smyczynski is Merrill Community Schools K-12 Mental Health Practitioner. She has 25 years of social work experience both in and outside of school districts. She has served the Merrill Community School District for two years and has become an asset to our team.

Summer Resources

Summer Supports

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Mental Health & Crisis Support

life worth living

The First Animated Series About Mental Health

My Life is Worth Living™ is the first animated series that models the human connection shown to be protective against suicide. The series tells stories of characters who face some of the most difficult issues that young people deal with and shows their evolution in the key decision: that life is worth living.

24-Hour Crisis Intervention Service

(989)792-9732 OR (800) 233-0022

Suicide Prevention

Learn More

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022.

Abuse and Body Safety

Body Safety Flyer

Personal Safety Tips

National Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 799-7233

Crisis Line: 989-790-9118

The Sexual Assault Center operates a crisis line to specifically deal with the issues of sexual assault. Our crisis line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, providing callers with crisis intervention, emotional support, information and referrals to community services when necessary.

National Child Abuse Hotline

Serving the U.S. and Canada, this 24-hour hotline is staffed seven days a week with professional crisis counselors who offer crisis intervention, information and referrals — in more than 170 languages — via call, text and online chat.

Bullying and School Violence


Not all heroes wear a cape and tights.  A real hero speaks up for what's right.  Be a real hero.  If you see or hear something that threatens student or school safety, submit a confidential tip to OK2SAY.

Stop Bullying


Learn what cyberbullying is, how to prevent it, and how to respond to it if you or someone you know is experiencing cyberbullying.


Federal Laws

Sometimes bullying overlaps with discriminatory harassment, which is covered under federal civil rights laws. Learn more about your civil rights.


What Schools Can Do

School staff can help prevent bullying by establishing and enforcing rules and policies that clearly describe how students are expected to treat each other.


What Kids Can Do

Are you being bullied? Do you see bullying at your school? There are things you can do to keep yourself and the kids you know safe from bullying.


Say Something

Our mission is to educate and empower youth and adults to prevent violence in schools, homes, and communities.

Say Something

Community Resources