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Pinellas County School leaders to discuss expanded mental health plan for 2021-2022 school year – Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida 2021-07-27 06:47:42 –

Pinellas County, Florida — Over the past three years, Pinellas County school leaders have said they have implemented programs to ensure the mental health and wellness of their students.

In this next school year, with some new resources Expansion plan in order to help.

Some of those components are:

  • Mental health and wellness training
  • Increase access to student service staff
  • Strengthening community partnerships
  • Suicide prevention
  • Substance Abuse Prevention / Intervention
  • Correspondence to COVID-19
  • Screening and assessment of at-risk students
  • Expanding services for students with internalization concerns such as depression, anxiety, and phobia

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school district has an increasing need for mental health and wellness services.

Leaders say they are working to identify mental health issues and improve the process of providing new training to students and teachers.

The district is also hiring more counselors, psychologists, and social workers to reduce the ratio of students to staff.

This year, schools in Pinellas County will continue to maintain a strong partnership centered on preventing school violence.

The district is currently using the Say Something Anonymous Reporting System to report violence, self-harm and the risk of harm to others.

Junior high and high school students are trained by a team of prevention experts on how to identify and report warning signs.

Each school has a team assigned to address these tips, and so far the district has responded to over 5,000 tips.

Two mental health counselors have been added this year to support these efforts.

Leaders demand their approval Mental health and wellness plan At the school board on Tuesday.Starts at 5 pm



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