October 10, World Mental Health Day, is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy.
Native American families in South Dakota face many challenges associated with extreme socio-economic conditions including poverty, substance abuse and violence.
However, hope remains thanks to the many friends who support St. Joseph’s Indian School.
When children come to us from families broken by addiction, poverty or violence, our care team includes professionally licensed and trained counselors. Our clinical services team helps youngsters — and their families — deal with everything from homesickness and growing pains to drug addiction and everything in between.
Counseling programs at St. Joseph’s include a mentor program for the youth on our campus. And, to help facilitate more holistic healing, families are included in their child’s care plan through regular meetings both in-person and over the phone.
Alcoholism and drug abuse have, in some way, touched every child entrusted to us. These precious children have lost loved ones to suicide and have witnessed violence in their communities and even in their homes.
Through it all, St. Joseph’s team of counselors and support staff have provided the resources — and love — necessary to help them heal and move forward.
“St. Joes has helped me realize that I can do anything I put my mind to.”