* Every student is unique and we recommend you check with your family physician/ practitioner for referrals to counselors/help.
1. Brookes Place – Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People is a not-for-profit agency. They provide peer support groups for young people and college age (age 3-20+) who have experienced the death of a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, sibling, friend or loved one. Program Night peer support groups meet twice a month, on Thursday evenings, for 75 minutes at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church or on Wednesday evenings at Butler University. For more information please go to brookesplace.org.
2. Camp Healing Tree – established in 1995, is a program provided by several local hospice agencies and other community supporters. Grief and bereavement specialists from the sponsoring organizations direct and supervise the camp. The camp utilizes over 100 screened and trained volunteers to provide a safe environment where participants may speak openly about their grief. Campers are matched with an adult, trained buddy who stays with them during the weekend for support and supervision. The camp provides a supportive environment in which to gently teach coping skills and build self-esteem and trust. Although the camp focuses on grief, there are many enjoyable and fun activities for the campers, such as swimming, arts and crafts, games, campfire, sing-a-longs and entertaining shows. While the camp environment is rustic, the cabins are modern and air-conditioned. A registered nurse will be at the camp at all times. For more information please visit http://www.brookesplace.org/camphealingtree/
3. Camp Erin – Camp Erin’s mission is to offer encouragement, comfort, and support to children enduring a time of profound emotional, physical or financial distress and provide opportunities for enhancing overall wellness, stability and quality of life. Camp Erin is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun, camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support—facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. At Camp Erin, children are comforted knowing that there are other children who have experienced similar situations and understand exactly what they are feeling. Children have an opportunity to address their feelings and memorialize their loved ones. They are provided with the tools and resources needed during and after camp, including memories and friendships that last long after camp is complete. Please visit http://www.ecommunity.com/homehealth/index.aspx?pg=12526
Mental Health Resources
1. Adult and Child– Perry Township has a partnership with Adult and Child Mental Health Center to provide school-based mental health services to students who qualify. If you feel your child may benefit from school based mental health services, please contact their guidance counselor or our School Social Worker, Ms. Oskay at 789-4895.
2. Fairbanks / Hope Academy – Hope Academy is a fully accredited, tuition-free, Indiana public charter high school that provides opportunities for academic achievement, sobriety and personal growth for students and their families. For more information visit http://www.fairbankscd.org/hope-academy
3. Reach for Youth – For over 30 years Reach For Youth, Inc. has provided quality youth programming to Central Indiana youth and their families. We provide counseling programs that address alcohol and drug addiction, depression, anger management, sexual violence and a nationally recognized Teen Court program that brings juvenile offenders and trained youth volunteers together to provide youthful offenders a second chance. For more information visit http://www.reachforyouth.org/
4. Depression help-line brochure– sponsored by Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis
5. Suicide Hotlines throughout the state of Indiana – www.suicidehotlines.com/indiana
All Resources Listed are outside organizations with no affiliation to Perry Township Schools.