Penn-Harris-Madison is committed to supporting students, staff and families. When we talk about safety as our top priority, we refer to both physical and psychological safety. Infectious Disease outbreaks like the Coronavirus can cause many feelings of distress and anxiety, as well as cause feelings of confusion, feeling overwhelmed, powerless and scared. These are normal feelings and we want to make sure everyone has resources to get through these uncertain times.
During the Coronavirus Outbreak, The Division of Mental Health and Addiction recommends that if there are Hoosiers who feel distress or anxiety due to the pandemic, please call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990. This hotline will provide live crisis counseling...it is is toll-free, mulit-lingual and confidential. You can also text by testing “TALKWITHUS” to 66746 as another way to connect with a trained counselor.
If you our a loved one are in distress, or need prevention and crisis resources, you can all the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support. If you or a loved one are at immediate risk of suicide or self-harm, you can also call 911 for immediate concerns or risk.
P-H-M contracts with a service called the Safe School Helpline. This service is confidential and is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can report concerns related to students on the Safe School Helpline by calling 1-800-4-1-VOICE x 359 or text “TIPS” to 66746. You will leave information, and your call will be routed to P-H-M administration or counselors to investigate the situation.
If your child needs to talk more with someone, please know we have counselors, Youth Service Bureau Specialists and school psychologists who can be available to talk with students electronically during normal hours. You can reach out to your principal to access this service for non-emergencies. If it is an emergency, please call 911 or the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK.