Columbus City Schools just got a lot better by addressing mental health barriers within the school. The City is providing school counselors with training to help kids better identify health distress in class. According to www.10tv.com, “Columbus City Schools said helping children thrive means addressing the whole child.
Columbus City School counselors and school social workers partner with Nationwide Children’s Hospital resources and behavioral health therapists to deliver the SOS program within buildings.
During the 2018-2019 school year to date, there were 1,498 student referral cases to NCH behavioral health therapists.
Suicide has become the second-leading cause of death in youth ages 10 to 19 years and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Clinical Coordinator of School-Based Programs Kamilah Twymon said this mental health help inside schools could help change the trend. Twymon said she believes things are improving from when she began her charge four years ago.
“The goal is to treat those who need it and equip as many students as possible with techniques to deal with stress,” said CCS Director of Social, Emotional & Student Support Services Cheryl Ward. “A part of our job as educators is not to just educate academically, but to educate students with the soft skills, educate them socio-emotionally so they can navigate better.”
School leaders say the mental health partnership seems to be moving the needle for some students.