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    Social and emotional health is a key component of our Best for Kids strategic plan and we are currently implementing many mental health enhancements within Noblesville Schools to better serve students. We’ve recently hired a district counseling coordinator and mental health coordinator to enhance and lead efforts in this area.

    We offer a full continuum of services to meet the mental wellness needs of all students, including supports for issues like stress, anxiety, suicide prevention, coping with challenges, managing strong emotions, and much more.

    Our schools are currently staffed with school counselors, who provide mental wellness, social support and academic services to all students, and we are currently in the process of adding social workers in all schools to address complex clinical needs of select students.

    Also, through our new partnership with Community Health, we are now able to provide enhanced therapy services for students.

    For questions about our mental health and counseling services, please contact your school counselor or:

    Michele Whaley, Mental Health Coordinator michele_whaley@nobl.k12.in.us

    Dana Nelson, Counseling Coordinator dana_nelson@nobl.k12.in.us

     

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    Read this article to learn more about typical childhood needs:

    Healthy Mental and Emotional Development for Children of All Ages 

    A great way to speak about mental wellness with your child:

    Building Resiliency in Your Student: A Calendar for Mental Health Awareness Month

    More information on Mental Health Awareness Month: 

    Mental Health Month Toolkit from Mental Health America

    Specific information for parents on a variety of mental health topics: 

    Child Mind Institute 

    Tools for Parents

    Zones of Regulation is an evidence-based model many counselors, social workers, teachers and other professionals use. Parents can use this tool as well to talk to their kids about emotional regulation. It helps define how our emotions fit into different levels of intensity and then teachs skills to help re-regulate. Michele Whaley, our mental health coordinator, uses this with her own young son to teach the concepts of emotional regulation. A link to information on it is below and many more self-created tools are available on Pinterest and other platforms.  

     Zones of Regulation: A Great Tool to Teach Emotion Management

    Books can be a great tool to teach your children about emotions and mental well being. Check out these quick resources about books you could use at home: 

    Julia Cook Books

    10 Books Recommended by CASEL

    Parent Toolkit 

    Parent Toolkit for Middle and High School Children

    Crisis Resources

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline online resource or contact by phone at  (800) 273-TALK (8255)

    Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis: Phone (317) 251-7575; Text Line: text the code CSIS to the number 839863