Education Programs

Elementary School Programs

We offer a variety of programs to children from preschool through 7th grade at schools, lunch bunch programs, libraries, and churches. These are comprised of story reading, puppet shows, and video based presentations.  Topics covered include:  Alcohol abuse, Autism, Bullying, Honesty, Identification of Feelings, Organization, Problem Solving, Self Esteem, Stereotypes, Tobacco Dangers and Prescription Drug Misuse.

Kids On the Block Puppet Program

Kids on the Block is an educational puppet program offered by Mental Health America of Hendricks County. This program uses the Japanese technique of bunraku puppetry to engage and teach students about various social and mental health issues. The program was established in Hendricks County in 1999, and has continued to grow each year in popularity and participation. The puppets are child sized. The performers are volunteers trained in the techniques of puppetry and in the art of answering questions. The puppet troupe brings all of the necessary equipment for the performance, including the puppets, a portable stage, props, ect. Each performance includes a time for questions and answers from the students. Audience size is limited to allow for this discussion therefore, more than one performance for a grade level may be scheduled.

Programs offered by grade level:

  • Grade One - Identification of Feelings,  Problem Solving
  • Grade Two - Tobacco and Other Drug Use Prevention, “Good” vs “Bad” Medicine
  • Grades Three & Four - Bullying Prevention, Autism Awareness
  • Grade Five - Bullying Prevention, Autism Awareness, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use Prevention

Book/ Video based Elementary Program

  • Age appropriate book and video based educational programs are also offered by Mental Health America of Hendricks County. These consist of either a story reading or  video based presentation coupled with a related activity and/ or worksheet.

Programs offered by grade level:

  • Kindergarten - Identification of Feelings/ Moods
  • Grade One - Honesty
  • Grade Two -  Bullying Prevention, Autism Awareness, Self Esteem
  • Grades Three, Four & Five - Autism Awareness
  • First Year of Middle School - Organization

For more information, or to schedule a program please email our Youth Educator, Sandy Brown at

 Program Sponsor:

Our Child, Our Divorce Seminar

This class was created to better enable parents to help their children cope with the stress of divorce in a way that is appropriate to the child's age and development. The class helps parents better understand the impact of the divorce on their children and teaches them applicable skills. Classes are offered several times a month, with both morning and evening hours available.

Court Ordered Class

Our Child, Our Divorce program is widely recognized and accepted by all Hendricks County courts. While most local surrounding county courts have residents that have used our program; it should be noted that each county, court, or judge can have their own requirements Please ask your legal adviser or check with your local court clerk.

Registration for the Our Child, Our Divorce class must be completed via telephone.
For more information or to register for an upcoming class please call us at 317-272-0027.

Suicide Prevention Training

Question Persuade Refer

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, three steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives.

The QPR mission is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

According to the Surgeon General's National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position a recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

  • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
  • Know how to offer hope
  • Know how to get help and save a life

For information, to register for a training, or to schedule this training for your organization please call 317-272-0027 or email