- Avon High School Mental Wellness Presentations
- Hendricks County Community Resources
- Avon Schools Mental Wellness Page
- Bullying Prevention
- Mental Health Guidance Flowchart - Please use this flowchart if you are seeking support for your child
- Hendricks County Resource Guide: Mental Health & Counseling - List of local resources for Hendricks County mental health support
- Mental Health America of Hendricks County - Non-profit United Way agency promoting mental wellness in Hendricks County and linking those in need with mental health services
- Brooke's Place - Grief support and counseling
- Hendricks County Resource Guide - List of local resources for Hendricks County, organized by topic
- Children's Bureau - Community Liaison support with assistance in basic needs, child care, pregnancy/birth, transportation, utilities, health needs, employment, budgeting, substance abuse, parenting, etc.
- Habit of the Heart - Hendricks County Community Foundation fund for assistance to families with emergency needs
- Washington Township Trustee's Office - Application-based assistance for basic needs
We believe all students deserve a safe physical and emotional environment.
At Avon High School, we want all of our students to succeed not only academically but also socially, emotionally, and physically. So, our Health Services providers, counselors, and mental wellness staff partner with families/caregivers, educators, support staff members, and community providers to ensure our students are surrounded with what they need to thrive.
Feel free to browse through the Mental Wellness page to learn how Avon Schools support our students' mental health.
What is Bullying?
“Bullying” (per IC 20-33-8-.2) means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:
- Places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student’s person or property
- Has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school
Avon High School does not condone bullying. Action will be taken if bullying occurs, which may include counseling, parental involvement, reporting to authorities, suspension and possible expulsion. Our involvement includes appropriate interventions, restoration of a positive climate, and support for victims and others impacted by the violation.
Some examples of bullying include:
- Punching, shoving, tripping, kicking, slapping, hiding others’ personal property, and other physical acts
- “Ganging up” on others
- Sending mean or inappropriate texts or emails
- Posting inappropriate pictures/messages about others
- Spreading rumors or lies
- Forwarding photos, videos and texts that are inappropriate
What is NOT bullying:
- Peer conflict
- Teen dating violence
- Gang violence
Everyone has a role. In many cases, you can choose your role. Which one are you and what can you do if you find yourself in one of these roles?
The Bully (Perpetrator): One who engages in behaviors that are intended to devalue someone, assert power, or hurt another either physically or emotionally.
This is a choice.
- Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
- Think of the consequences.
- Find a positive way to express yourself.
The Target: One who is the target of bullying behavior. You may feel anger, fear, and, often times, isolation. This is not a role of choice.
- Speak with a counselor, social worker, SRO, teacher, or administrator. We cannot help if we are not aware of the problem!
- Stay in a group.
- If it feels safe, stand up to the person who is bullying you – tell them to “STOP.”
- Use humor to “blow off” the bullying behavior.
- Use the bullying report form.
The Ally: One who engages in an act of support on behalf of someone who is being targeted. Ally behavior can be demonstrated through words, emotional support, or direct action. If you are not an ally, you can choose to become one.
You are making a difference.
- Stand up for the Target.
- Give the Target emotional support.
- Report the bullying to an adult.
The Bystander: Anyone who observes an act of bullying and doesn’t take any action to stop the behavior. YOU ARE INDIRECTLY SUPPORTING THE BULLYING AND HARASSING BEHAVIOR.
This is a choice.
- Report the situation to an adult.
- Become an ally!
Help Us STOP Bullying!
To learn how you can help, visit the following websites:
- Stop Bullying Now www.stopbullyingnow.com
- Stop Bullying www.stopbullying.gov
- Cyber Bullying www.cyberbullying.org