According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, "20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition" meaning that 1 in 5 teens are at risk for suffering the side effects of conditions such as depression and anxiety. The emotional well-being of your child is as important as their academic well-being. The professionals at New Albany High School are here to support the social-emotional needs of your high school child. Deciding who to contact when an issue arises can be a bit difficult.
Meet our well-being professionals
Our counselors support both the social-emotional needs of our students and their academic needs. Here are the services available from our school counselors.
Mental health services
Brooke Holcomb, Mental Health Specialist
Mental health services are provided to students who have an identified disability and are currently being served through special education programming. Students with a demonstrated need for behavioral and emotional support will be seen by Mrs. Holcomb. Mrs. Holcomb can provide crisis prevention, intervention services, or coordinate with outside treatment providers. Referrals for mental health support are a part of the special education process.
Joan Brandstaetter, Prevention Clinician
Prevention services are designed to inform, educate, demonstrate skills, and reduce risk behaviors in students. Ms. Brandstaetter can provide short-term individual or group skill-building sessions to assist a student with a particular concern. Ms. Brandstaetter also provides suicide/self-harm risk assessments and can link families to community-based counseling services. Ms. Brandstaetter is at the high school school Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Referrals for prevention services must be made through a school counselor or administrator.\
Substance use prevention
Natalie May, Prevention Clinician
Miss May works with students who are seeking education about preventing the use of drugs/alcohol/tobacco and developing refusal skills. She also works with students who are experimenting with drugs/alcohol/tobacco to educate and prevent them from abusing or becoming addicted. In addition to seeing students individually and in small groups, Miss May often provides substance use education lessons to classrooms.