Brandon Wellness Resources


This website has resources for children and families to access whenever needed during this unique time. This includes counseling resources, wellness activities, and supports for learning virtually. Feel free to contact any of the district staff listed below.

Wellness resources designed for elementary aged children

Wellness resources designed for older children and teens

Resources for visuals, social stories, and tips on talking to children about COVID-19

See page for additional resources for adults, including financial resources, stress management, and self-care strategies.

Local Community Resources

Common Ground:

248-456-0909 or 800-231-1127

Crisis Counseling, Suicide Prevention, Legal Help, Community Resources, Mental health screening and assessment, community resources/referrals, eligibility determination, advocacy and support

Easter Seals:

248-451-2900 or 1-866-99-CHILD

Administration office phone is listed (call for referral assistance)

Crisis intervention, family centered planning, Spanish/Russian counseling, parent education, respite care, psychological and neuropsychological testing, psychiatric evaluation

Crisis Hotlines and Information

Common Ground Hotline


New Michigan Mental Health Hotline


Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Blackhawk Hotline

248-660-0138 (report bullying and school concerns)

Suicide Prevention

A recent survey found that 64% of teens believe "the experience of COVID-19 will have a lasting impact on their generation's mental health." In Michigan, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-34 and the 4th leading cause of death for ages 35-54. Help is available 24-7. If you or someone you know may be thinking of suicide, going through a hard time, or just need to talk, call or text the Common Ground Resource and Crisis Helpline at 1-800-231-1127 or chat online at

More information about suicide prevention can be found on the Task Force's website at For up to date public health information, follow @publichealth OC on Facebook and Twitter or contact Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 or Nurse on Call is available 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Make Your Home Suicide Safe

Make your home suicide safe.pdf

Suicide Warning Signs

Suicide Warning Signs.pdf

Suicide Prevention Parent Toolkit

Toolkit for parents.pdf

Suicide Prevention School Toolkit

Toolkit for schools.pdf

District Contacts

Brandon High School

Ellen Hagerman, LMSW, CAADC

School Social Worker, Brandon High School & Adult Transition Program

Office: (248) 627-1800 ext. 1174

Google Voice#: (248) 742-5567

Michael Brennan, MA, LPC, SCL

School Counselor, Brandon High School

Office: (248) 627- 1800 ext.1172

Google Voice: (810) 373-5190

Catherine Dietiker, LPC, SCL

School Counselor, Brandon High School

Office: (248) 627- 1800 ext.1173

Samantha Popilek, MA, LPC

School Counselor, Brandon High School

Office: (248) 627- 1800 ext. 1171

Brandon Middle School

Melissa Yow, LMSW

School Social Worker, Brandon Middle School

Office: (248) 627-1800 ext. 1371

Google Voice#: (248) 845-8316

Jennifer Hickey, MA, LPC

School Counselor, Brandon Middle School

Office: (248) 627- 1800 ext. 1365

Oakwood Elementary and Harvey Swanson Elementary

Miriam Elson, LMSW

School Social Worker, Harvey Swanson & Oakwood Elementary, Brandon Preschool

Office: HSE (248) 627-1800 ext. 1572, OE ext. 1964

Tiffany Carson, LPC

School Counselor, Harvey Swanson Elementary

Office: HSE (248) 627-1800 ext. 1572

Sarah Deo, LLMSW

School Social Worker, Oakwood Elementary

Office: HSE (248) 627-1800 ext. 1964

Brandon School District

Caitlin Tallon, MA

School Psychologist

Office: (248) 627-1800, ext. 1573

Google Voice: (248) 795-1995

Amanda Miller, SSP, NCSP

School Psychologist

Office: (248) 627-1800

Google Voice: