Social-Emotional Supports

Schmucker Middle School

At Penn-Harris-Madison, the safety of your child is our top priority, and this includes both physical and psychological safety. During these challenging times, students may be dealing with a variety of emotions and situations, such as isolation, loneliness, adapting to changes, stress, or feelings of anxiety or sadness. We wanted to take this opportunity to share information with you regarding specific social and emotional supports available to help your student if they are experiencing distress or if you have concerns. We are here to assist families in supporting their children.

If you are concerned and need help for your child, these resources are available:

  1. Contacting a crisis prevention and intervention resource

  2. Community mental health resources

  3. Contact your child’s school counselor

  4. Contact P-H-M’s Safe School Helpline®

  5. Parent resources and Talking Points on P-H-M’s website, https://www.phmschools.org/sel


Details on how to reach out and utilize these services are listed in more detail below.


Crisis Intervention Supports

If your child or a loved one is experiencing significant emotional distress or suicide ideation, please seek help immediately. If you are in crisis, please know there are several resources and services available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

  • 911

  • Emergency Room

  • Memorial Epworth (Ages 13+) (Website Linked Here)
    420 N. Niles Ave., South Bend, IN
    574-647-8400

  • Michiana Behavioral Health (Website linked here)
    18000 N Oak Dr.-Plymouth, IN
    574-936-3784

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a ntaional netowrk of local criris centers that provides free and confidential emotion support to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis 24/7. It is free and confidential. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The link to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline website is here: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/ and includes information about what to expect when you call as well as letting you know you can call no matter the problem with which you are dealing, including if you need someone to lean on for emotional support (e.g., loneliness, relationships, economic worries, depression, mental illness, etc.).


If you are concerned about possible suicide ideation:

  • Take every instance seriously

  • Do NOT leave the person alone

  • Offer help and hope

  • Listen

  • Seek Help IMMEDIATELY

  • Offer unconditional LOVE & Support


Community Resources

There are many counseling and mental health resources available in our community as well. Below are some resources for families to consider at their expense if they feel this is needed.


Reach out to your Student’s School Counselor

You can reach out to your student’s school counselor for social-emotional support. School counselors support students through individual or group counseling that is aimed to help students successfully navigate their academic, emotional and social experiences related to school. The school counselors can provide short-term, solution-focused counseling or crisis intervention. Counselors are available at your school during school hours. If there is an emergency, please call when the school office is open or call the crisis resources shared later in this resource. There are several ways to reach a counselor at your school.


SMS School Counselors:



Ways to Contact Counselors:

  • Parents can email counselors directly or call the main line at (574) 259-5661 and be directed to their student’s school counselor.

  • Students can request an appointment. The appointment request form can be accessed in different ways:

  • Counselors can share important information in Canvas via “Class of…” course.

Youth Service Bureau

Penn-Harris-Madison contracts with the Youth Service Bureau to have Youth Development Specialists at the elementary and middle schools in order to provide additional social-emotional supports. Youth Development Specialists work with youth individually, or in small groups to help support students dealing with symptoms of anxiety, depression, behavioral concerns, ADHD, divorce, grief, loss, peer relationships, family conflicts, and suicidal ideation. Students may be referred by a parent, teacher, school administrator, or school counselors. If youth is seen on a regular basis, a parent permission form must be signed. Please contact your building principal or school counselor for more information. You may also reach out to Laurie Ellis, YSB Supervisor at lellis@phm.k12.in.us if you have questions.


Safe School Helpline®

The Safe School Helpline® is a 24/7 communication service for parents, students and staff to make reports of safety concerns. There are four Ways to Report to the Safe School Helpline®I. Individuals can make a report about any type of student safety concern (e.g., suicide ideation, bullying student safety, etc.).


Social-Emotional Resources on P-H-M’s Website

Finally, there are resources available on P-H-M’s website on the SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) website found at this link. For your convenience, a few resources that may be of specific interest are linked below.

Every student matters and their psychological safety and social-emotional well-being is very important to us. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have concerns or think your child could benefit from social-emotional support, especially during these challenging times.

Dr. Jennifer Sears, P-H-M’s Director of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health

jsears@phm.k12.in.us

https://www.phmschools.org/parents/social-emotional-learning