EAST LANSING– East Lansing High School administrators are taking decisive action on mental and emotional health in the wake of the two students who recently died by suicide. The high school consulted Michigan State Counseling Services about how to move forward. Additionally, the high school recruited Ele’s Place, a non-profit that offers emotional support to grieving children and families, to offer six weeks of counseling and intervention to students. Ele’s Place and Michigan State Counseling Services both declined to comment. Principal Coby Fletcher outlined his intentions moving forward in a letter to parents Feb.
Ele’s Place is coming to Holt Junior High School to offer a support group for grieving children, a director from Ele’s Place said March 22. Director of Marketing and Community Outreach Molly Day said the open-ended support group offers hour-long sessions to help children and teenagers deal with the loss of a loved one. Ele’s Place also offers support groups for parents and guardians at its healing centers located in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Lansing. “The parents are obviously dealing with their own grief, so this way they are getting support for themselves as well as support for their children,” she said. Ele’s Place is bringing an eight-week program to Holt Junior High School, starting on April 9.