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Healthy Minds for Brighter Futures

District expands crisis training to schools

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“Creating a caring school climate where students feel safe and can thrive is an essential part of educating students,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. We have multiple resources and support to help students with a wide range of challenges, including challenges to their mental health.”

Children’s mental health became a frequent topic through the COVID-19 pandemic, but a recent study of pediatric emergency room visits showed that the problem has been around for years and has increased among children between the ages of 10 and 12 since 2000. 

woman speaks to workshop attendeesThis month, which is Suicide Prevention Awareness month, some of the District’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) members —School Psychologist Ryan Carter, Therapist Faryal Popal, and Counselor Leah Adams—began training school-level CRTs. By providing training and clear procedures, school staff can identify and intervene when students are in crisis or show signs of suicidal ideation.

“We know the work is too big and too important for us to handle alone, that is why we have forged so many community partners to support our students’ wellness to allow our educators to focus on teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Shelly Viramontez.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, get help immediately via 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741741).