The School Social Worker is a Master’s level social worker available to assist students in managing challenges.
Students can receive assistance with challenges such as as test anxiety, excess stress, concern about another student, discouragement, friendship issues, relationship break-ups, and adjusting to life transitions.
The School Social Worker is available for phone/email consultation or in-person meetings with parents related to concerns about their child. Additionally, a variety of student-led support groups are offered.
The School Social Worker is able to assess depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, etc., and is available to see students for occasional crises or ongoing support during difficult times. If sessions with an outside counselor are needed, the School Social Worker offers help to families in finding a good match with a community professional.
Students and parents are welcome to stop by the School Social Worker’s office, located off the main lobby, or contact her by phone or email. The right of students and parents to privacy and discretion is highly respected. Conversations with students and parents are confidential unless there is a significant safety risk involved or other agreements are reached.
Libby Pollak, MSW, LSW
Mental Health Resources for Students and Families
Mental Health Self-Screening Tools – https://screening.mhanational.org/screening-tools
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (information and chat) – https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or text 741741
Virtual Calming Room (tons of great anxiety reduction and relaxation techniques) – https://virtualcalmingroom.net/
Be Well Indiana (local resources) – https://bewellindiana.com/
Look Up Indiana (faith-based support and resources) – https://lookupindiana.org/
Have Hope (Community Health Network) – http://www.havehope.com/
Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth – https://www.indianayouthgroup.org/resources
Resources for Grieving Youth – https://www.brookesplace.org/
Smoking and Vaping Cessation for Teens – https://teen.smokefree.gov/
Screenagers Resources (related to technology/social media use/balance): https://www.screenagersmovie.com/resources-2
Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline – https://www.in.gov/dcs/2971.htm