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Indiana School

Mental Health Initiative

Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University

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Contact Us

Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., ISMHI Director

prattc@indiana.edu

Kristy Eaton, Ed.D., M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

ISMHI Assistant Director

kbeaton@iu.edu

(812) 855-6508

Q: Where is the best place to improve the social, emotional, and mental health of as many people as we possibly could?

A: Our schools.

Stressed brains do not learn the same as brains that feel safe, feel connection, and can manage emotions. Resilient school staff and students lead to resilient and thriving families, and communities.

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About ISMHI

The Indiana School Mental Health Initiative

Our goal is to provide resources to schools and their communities to address the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of their students.

Our vision is to ensure that all of Indiana’s students, including those with disabilities, are socially, emotionally, and mentally healthy so they are ready to learn and can achieve their full potential. We believe that the function of an education is to address the development of the whole child and that the best way to do that is to create a strong network of schools and communities. We hope to provide resources and trainings with the goal of supporting schools and their community partners as they work together to address the social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs of Indiana’s students.