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Mental Health and School Counseling

 



Hamilton Southeastern Schools delivers comprehensive school counseling programs in all schools. All our school counseling programs have been awarded the Indiana Department of Education (INDOE) Gold Star award and earned the Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program (RAMP) award. The Gold Star award specifically notes that recipient schools “have demonstrated that they have a comprehensive and accountable school counseling and guidance program, aligned to Indiana School Counselor and Student Standards, as well as national standards.”

Comprehensive counseling programs calls on the collaborative efforts of parents, educators, staff, counselors, and community partners to benefit students. Together with our parents and community partners, HSE Schools have established a counseling vision and mission, reviewed program and student data, evaluated guidance activities, capacity and gaps and created enhancement goals and plans.

HSE Schools are proud of our 46 school counselors for leading efforts regarding academic advising, college and career readiness, social-emotional learning, and mental health services.
 



A recent U.S. Surgeon General report indicates that one in five children and adolescents will face a significant mental health condition during their school years. Supporting mental health in students can remove barriers to learning and shift focus to the success of the whole child. Hamilton Southeastern Schools define mental health as a person’s overall emotional, psychological, and social well-being (www.mentalhealth.gov). This differs from mental illness.
 

HSE Schools are proud of the following resources and partnerships designed to support our students’ mental health.

  • Licensed school counselors on staff at each school. School counselors can assist with crisis intervention, suicide prevention, individual counseling, group counseling, and referrals.
  • Community Health Network provides behavioral health services to students on-site in each of our schools. If you are interested in this service please reach out to your child’s school counselor to learn more.
  • The school district plays an integral role in the City of Fishers Stigma Free Initiative you can learn more about this here: http://www.fishers.in.us/689/Mental-Health-Task-Force. Additionally both high schools offer student-led Stigma Free Clubs with additional clubs forming at the lower grade levels.

Resources

If you feel your student would benefit from mental health therapy please reach out to your child’s school counselor to discuss options.  If you do not know who your child’s counselor is you can contact Brooke Lawson, HSE Schools Mental Health and School Counseling Coordinator at blawson@hse.k12.in.us.

In addition, there are a number of free resources available 24/7: You may also use the HSE Report It! App (available on the Apple App Store and GooglePlay), if you are concerned about the well-being of another student. If you have immediate concerns or are in danger, call 911.

For a list of Mental Health providers, click here

Self-Care Resources

How to talk to your child about COVID-19

Don’t be afraid to discuss COVID-19 with your students, but let them guide the conversation. It’s important to provide facts without promoting a high level of stress. Remind students that adults are working to address this concern, and give them actions they can take to protect themselves.
 
Keep Explanations Age Appropriate.
  • Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their schools and homes are safe and the adults are there to help keep them healthy. Give simple examples of the steps people take every day to stop germs and stay healthy, such as washing hands. Use language such as “adults are working hard to keep you safe.”
  • Upper elementary and intermediate school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what will happen if COVID-19 comes to their school or community. They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to prevent germs from spreading.
  • Junior high school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.
Other things to keep in mind.
  • Remain calm and reassuring - Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions.
  • Make yourself available - It is important that they know they have someone who will listen to them. 
  • Avoid excessive blaming - It is important to avoid stereotyping any one group of people as responsible for the virus. 
  • Be honest and accurate - In the absence of factual information, children often imagine situations far worse than reality.
  • Focus on what you’re doing to stay safe - An important way to reassure kids is to emphasize the safety precautions that you are taking.

Helpful Downloads

Helping Children Cope with Change: Resource for parents as we continue to navigate this time.  There are some useful tips here on how parents can support their children during this time as well as keep some sense of normalcy.

Supporting Children and Teens when Someone is Dying: Helpful guide for parents as they navigate talking their child if they know a family member is dying.  This has been edited to speak to COVID-19 and how families can talk about what is going on with the family member as well as honor them.  

Grief During COVID-19This document talks about how families can support one another while grieving during this time.
 


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Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665
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  • To send a general inquiry email to the District Administration Office, click here

Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides excellence in education and opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.

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