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IS 289 has one full-time Guidance Counselor, Emily Kustal ( Parents are urged to meet with Emily to discuss questions or concerns about a child.  Students are also encouraged to meet with the Guidance Counselor to discuss any concerns they may have about social, emotional and academic issues at school or elsewhere.  Students must make an appointment and have a pass to visit Guidance.

Students in need of help?

Students, if you are in need of help and support with any area of your school or personal life please reach out to me, Emily Kustal. I am the school Guidance Counselor and I am here to help you with your concerns. You can also contact the organizations below, talk to your advisor or a trusted teacher:

BRAVE Against Bullying (212) 709-3222 2:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday Building Respect, Acceptance, and Voice through Education (BRAVE) is a hotline launched by the Mental Health Association of NYC and the UFT. Trained professionals provide crisis intervention, suicide risk assessment, and supportive listening.  

Boys Town Hotline (for boys and girls) 1-800-448-3000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Contact if you’re depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, fighting with a friend or parent, or if you’re facing an overwhelming challenge.

NYC LifeNet 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638) (English) 1-877-AYUDESE (1-800-298-3373) (Spanish) 1-877-990-8585 (Asian LifeNet) 1-212-982-5284 (TTY) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week These trained professionals help callers find mental health services for emotional problems, depression, eating disorders, bullying, and other social or emotional issues. Chat: Text: 65173

(Monday – Friday 2:30-9:00pm, and Weekends 1:00-9:00pm)

Dial-A-Teacher 1-212-777-3380 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday thru Thursday Free homework help by qualified teachers to tutor students in reading, math, writing and science.  Available languages are: English, Bengali, Chinese, French, Hatian-Creole, Italian, Russian, Slovak, and Spanish.

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