Addressing Mental Health at CATAS

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community, (World Health Organization).

In the current climate of today’s society, our students are at a greater risk for mental health challenges. They are coping with the learning environment post-COVID-19 restrictions, which places additional challenges on learning.
 
The recent deaths of current and former scholars have placed an emotional weight on the entire staff and student body. The pressure of society from social media places a different, yet traumatizing burden on our scholars’ well-being. At times like this, it is okay to have many different feelings, including sadness, anger, and disbelief. It is important to handle these emotions in an appropriate manner to maintain Positive Mental Health.
 
We aim to become more pro-active in the promotion of Positive Mental Health. The school social worker, Ms. Grady, will continue to support students via specialized, targeted support such as group work, counselling and support plans which assist more vulnerable students. If needed, scholars should schedule individual time with me or ask for a pass from their teacher to come meet with me. In addition to the supports here in the building, the following are additional resources to help scholars with their social, emotional, and mental well-being:

•    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. If you prefer to text, you can text "START" to 741-741
 
•    The Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7, Immediate crisis counseling for stress, anxiety, depression and more. (800) 985-5990 or Text TalkWithUS to 66746
 
•    Brookes’ Place
Support and services to grieving children and families.
 
50 East 91st Street, Suite 103, Indianapolis, IN 46240 (317) 705-9650
 
•    Reach for Youth
Family dysfunction, depression, divorce, abuse, attention deficit disorders, delinquency, school problems, and other disturbing behaviors. 
 
3505 N. Washington Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46205 (317) 920-5900
 
If seeking additional resources or suggestions to better improve scholars’ well-being, please contact Ms. Grady by calling (317)545-1745 ext. 1715 or by email grady@tindley.org
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