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Mental Health and Social Work Support

At Sacred Heart Academy, we understand that what's going on in a student's personal life could have an impact on her academics.  That is why we have a full-time licensed social worker, Beth Kennedy, on campus to assist our students and their parents in a confidential manner when additional support is needed with personal, social or emotional issues.
If you have any questions, concerns, or you would just like to connect, please reach out to Beth Kennedy at or (516) 483-7383 ext. 228.
Dear Parents,
It is unthinkable to have to speak to our children about suicide, yet current professional guidelines suggest these conversations are preventative. Suicide is an uncomfortable subject to broach. I hope this article will help you bridge the divide to open up conversations with your daughters. The first step in prevention is knowing that difficult discussions are not taboo.
I am always available and welcome your call.
Beth Kennedy
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County NY, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a registered non-profit charitable organization dedicated to eliminating sub-standard housing by creating safe, decent and affordable housing in Nassau County, NY.
Habitat works tirelessly with Mrs. Kennedy, providing opportunities for the Sacred Heart Academy girls to join a build in the local community.
Thank you for your interest in Habitat 2020. Registration is now CLOSED. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Kennedy.

Yearly Presentations Include:

  • Cyberbullying – Freshmen and Sophomores
    • True to the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph Schools, SHA seeks to promote an environment of inclusive love. We take bullying of any kind very seriously. Past speakers include Sharon Galvin, a retired police officer with over 30 years on the force, and Anne Galligan Donnelly of the Nassau County DA's Office. (This presentation is also given for the parents through the Mothers Guild.)
  • Suicide Prevention – Sophomores
    • In conjunction with the Health Department, suicide awareness and prevention is presented to the Sophomores every fall.

  • Responsible Driving – Juniors
    • Prior to their Junior Dinner Dance, the students are reminded of steps that will prevent drunken driving. The Program, “Choices and Consequences” is provided by the Nassau County District Attorney’s office.

  • College Campus Safety – Seniors
    • College offers students new opportunities to socialize and date. This presentation focuses on healthy relationships, strategies for campus safety and identifies campus resources. This year, students will participate in an interactive presentation addressing these and other topics promoting a safe transition to college life.

  • Stress Management – Freshman, Seniors (and as requested to other grades)
    • The Social Worker works closely with the Theology Department to provide stress management annually to the Freshman and Seniors and to other classes as needed or requested.

  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness – Sophomores
    • The health teacher and the Social Worker provide extensive education on current trends and the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Using a related topic, the students then work together in small groups to choreograph, video record and present a public service video promoting healthy choices. In the past, the videos have been entered into both a Nassau County contest and an internal SHA contest.

  • Mental Health Issues
    • The psychology and health teachers coordinate with the Social Worker to bring awareness to such health issues as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, etc.


Additional Resources and Services

  • Bereavement Counseling
    • Often during their school careers, students experience the loss of a loved one. The Social Worker avails herself to the students in assisting them with any lingering issues of grief that may affect their daily functioning while participating in the school day.

  • Local Community Meetings
    • The Social Worker attends local community meetings to remain connected to relevant issues, which may affect your daughter or her peers.  These meetings include but are not limited to:
      • The Nassau County Heroin Task Force
      • Partnership Assisting Children and Teens 
    • Some of the topics covered in these meetings include issues related to:
      • Heroin crisis on Long Island
      • Teen suicide
      • Drug use
      • Time management
      • Social media
      • Personal, environmental or global trauma
      • Eating disorders
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