Speak Up We Care at IUSD

The District provides school-based mental health/ wellness services and resources  to students and families. These services include short-term individual or group counseling for students at the school site; short-term, solution-focused therapy for students and families through the Irvine Family Resource Center; and resource linkages to community-based mental health or social services for students and families. Services are provided by counselors or licensed mental health professionals


Mimi Marrocco is a product of IUSD and brings with her over 10 years of experience as a School Counselor. Her passion is to build strong relationships with her students to help them thrive and become leaders at school and at home.  She started her career as an Elementary School Counselor in Sonoma County where she implemented a comprehensive school counseling program to support the social and emotional needs of students. The last four years, she oversaw the Crisis Response Program at the Orange County Department of Education supporting 27 school districts when a crisis occurs. She is well-versed in working with families around grief, trauma and loss.  Mimi is thrilled to return to her hometown to work and be a resource to our Roadrunner students and families.  Mimi offers individual/small group counseling, crisis assessment/ intervention, mental health consultation and is an on-campus resource and community liaison. She is on-campus Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


The Elementary Resource Counseling program is designed to provide opportunities for students to participate in individual and small group counseling experiences that provide support and skill building for coping with family stressors, academic struggles, and personal issues. It is not unusual for students to need focused help to strengthen their social-emotional skills in order to be more learning ready during different times in their childhood. Many children struggle from time to time with a range of family and life circumstances (divorce, loss, stress) that make coming to school more difficult, and we are here to offer tools and support. Small group and individual counseling can be an excellent way for students to learn new skills, develop self-confidence, adjust behaviors, and learn to deal with challenges in healthy ways.

Services are provided during the school day for approximately 30 minutes. These services are free of charge and voluntary. Every effort will be made to minimize the loss of important instructional time. School- based counseling is short-term and typically ends after 8-10 weeks. Parent permission required. Please Note: Information shared by your child in counseling sessions will be kept confidential unless there is an indication that your child is in danger of hurting himself/herself or others, that someone may be hurting your child.


Please find articles related to your child's wellbeing and social and emotional development listed here.  Should you need further support or information, please contact Mimi Marrocco  at (949) 404-1417 or email her at

10 Tips for Raising Grateful Kids

Tips for Creating a Coping Skills Toolbox

Tips for Building Healthy Friendships

Tips for Setting Healthy Boundaries

Success in School Contract

Tips for Social Media Usage

Connecting Through Communication

Parent Resource (Mandarin)

"Speak Up, We Care" Campaign Resource Page


Children’s Support and Parenting Program (CSPP) Services:
Psychoeducation groups for parents and caregivers with school-aged children.
(714) 480-4678 |

The Prevention Center Services:
Parenting programs including parenting workshops, helping kids cope through divorce, and parenting resources.
(714) 543-4333 |

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center:
Santa Ana Services: Crisis line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a person who committed suicide.
(714) 547-0855 |

OCHCA Behavioral Health Services   

Behavioral Health Services provides programs available to Orange County residents seeking mental health and substance use treatment. 

(714) 834-2077 |


Greater Good Science Center – UC Berkeley

Uses scientific measures to study the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Community Mental Health Resources:
A brochure with resources on Substance Abuse, LGBTQIA Services, Shelters, Hotlines & Online Resources, Culturally Centered Services, Parenting Resources, Community Resources, Intensive Mental Health Services, Suicide Prevention, Housing Resources, and Legal Resources


Irvine Family Resource Center Services:
Short-term, solution-focused individual and family therapy, resource linkage and referrals, and parent education/support groups to IUSD families K-12.
(949) 936-7504 |

Prevention and Intervention Brochure

A brochure which provides a brief overview on Prevention and Intervention staff and contact information