Mental Health Support Services

Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD) Mental Health Support Services are open to all districts, students and their families in the Ingham ISD service area.

In light of recent school tragedies, we would like to provide resources to families and educators as they process the tragic loss of life.

Resources Following Violence in Schools

American School Counselor Association - Helping Students After A School Shooting

The National Association of School Psychologists tips for parents and educators to talk with children about violence suggests adults:

  • Reassure children they are safe and review safety procedures. 
  • Create a sense of safety by returning to normal, predictable routines as soon as possible.
  • Make time to talk and listen to the concerns and feelings of children.
  • Limit the use of media consumption of these events to lower their stress and to maintain balance and perspective.
  • Acknowledge that sleep difficulties are common and can lead to fatigue and poor participation.

The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests honesty with children – acknowledging that bad things do happen, but reassuring them with the information that many people are working to keep them safe, including their parents, teachers, and law enforcement. The APA also advises limiting children’s exposure to news coverage following such traumatic events. Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting, from the American Psychological Association

Flyer from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides assistance to families and caregivers. 

Johns Hopkins website has information for grades K-5 safety in schools.

Learning for Justice - Navigating Discussions after a school shooting

The Michigan Department of Education mental health resources are also available and designed to support a variety of challenges experienced by people of all ages.

Common Sense Media offers How to Talk to Kids About School Shootings by taking an age-based approach to discussing news of school shootings with kids.

Sesame Street provides resources on violence and trauma for younger children.

Mental Health Support Services

Individual Students

  • Time-limited individual therapy 
  • Case consultation and collaboration 
  • Triage and referral

Groups of Students

  • Group services will be determined by district needs and could include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • Anxiety 
    • Depression
    • Social-emotional well-being (friendship groups)
    • Coping skills

Families and Caregivers

  • Skills training/coaching 
  • Time-limited family therapy 
  • Consultation and referral

Staff to Assist Students 

  • Mental health and emotional wellness professional development training 
  • Long- or short-term support and consultation

Contact Us

Chris Quinn
Admin Assistant, Student Instructional Services (1)
Noelle Duvall
Director, Mental Health & Wellness
Shalonda James Garza
Clinical Supervisor, Mental Health & Wellness