Letter to Parents: 12/7/2022

Letter to Parents: 12/7/2022
Posted on 12/07/2022
Letter to Parents: 12/7/2022

Please read the attached letter from the Ellenville Jr/Sr High School Crisis Team regarding the recent tragedies the Ellenville Community has experienced this school year.

Included in the attached PDF is various support services and community resources available to parents and students. 

Letter to Parents: 12/7/22
Letter to Parents: 12/7/22 - Espanol

Dear Parents/Guardians,

In response to the tragedies our Ellenville community has experienced this school year, the crisis team has been mobilized to provide support during these difficult times.  On Thursday December 8th, afterschool from 2:45 - 4:30 the support staff will be in the Senior High School Cafeteria to meet with current and former students and their families. The 4:45 bus will be available to transport students home.

Below you will find information that may be useful to you in helping your child at home.  The first attachment includes contact information to accessible grief resources.  The second includes various community resources, such as local counseling agencies and crisis support numbers.   

If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Senior High School Student Support Office at (845) 647-0138.

Grief Resources

Mental Health Association in Ulster County: Hoping and Healing 
Please contact MHA to register: (845) 339-9090 ext. 2211 or ext. 2203

Jewish Family Services of Ulster County Bereavement Groups 
Every 1st & 3rd Monday each month at 4:30 pm
Every 2nd & 4th Thursday each month at 1 pm
Contact Marilynn at (845) 338-2980 or https://jfsulster.org/support-groups 

Survivors of Suicide Loss
First Monday of each month from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Rob Hennessy, [email protected], (845) 542-4150

Navigating the Loss of a Loved One to Suicide
Hosted or sponsored by Forum
This group meets weekly on Saturdays at 11:00 AM EST for an hour. The start date of the group is December 3, 2022. The last day to sign up is December 1, 2022.

$25/week with a sliding scale to cover the cost of attendance.
Karen Atkinson, [email protected]
Zoe Scurletis, [email protected]

Smile Through The Storms Hosted or sponsored by Smile Through The Storms Nationwide Online Group (U.S.)
We meet the first Wednesday at 5:30pm and the third Saturday at 3:00pm
Deb Maxwell, [email protected], 607-241-6624

Suicide Bereavement for Teens (SB4T)
We meet on the second Tuesday of every month from 8PM - 9PM. Currently, we meet online via Zoom. Please email or call for information on how to access the meeting.
Jessica Lincoln, [email protected], 571-206-1778

Clinicians in Ulster County with specializations in Grief Therapy

Offers online Forums and support groups for Teens & Adolescents grieving a loss at no charge.

Community Resources

Ulster County Mobile Mental Health: 1-844-277-4820 - Connect with a trained counselor when stress, depression or other mental health issues create a personal crisis. All calls are free and kept confidential and can be made 24/7.  

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988 -  Provides free 24/7 confidential support to you or someone you know who is struggling with depression or has thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life. 

Family of Woodstock 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: Call or Text 845-679-2485 for a 24/7 free hotline for peer support.  

Family House: (845) 338-5953- Emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth, ages 12 – 17. Run by Family of Woodstock in Rosendale, NY. 

Family Services Rape Crisis and Victims: 845-452-7272 - 24/7 free hotline.

Astor: 1-866-ASTOR01 - Behavioral Health Services

Institute for Family Health: 845-647-4500 - Behavioral Health and Medical Services

Textmeback: 845-679-2485, This is a suicide prevention line run by Family of Woodstock. You can text the number 24/7 and they will text with you and provide support. 

Behavioral Health Care of NY: 845-340-0244 https://bhcny.com/

Walk-in Mental Health Clinic: 888-750-2266- 368 Broadway Suite 205, Kingston NY 

Synergy of Monticello: 845-791-8800 https://www.synergyofmonticello.com/

Family Services (Formerly Hudson Valley Mental Health): 856-338-2370 - Behavioral Health Services

Ulster County Department of Social Services: 845-334-5000 - Temporary assistance, food stamps, the Safe Harbour Program, and more.  

Step One: 845-691-9191 or 845-647-5400 - Child and Family Guidance Center Addiction Services provides treatment programs to chemically dependent persons and their significant others.

ORACLE Team: 888-590-5423 - Ulster County Sheriff's Opioid Response Team