Partnering for Prevention
Grandview elementary schools received 45 hotline calls and 11 elementary students were referred for a suicide assessment.* Studies show that 80% of chronic mental disorders begin in childhood, so catching and treating signs of illness early can prevent larger problems down the line.
Thanks to new funding from the Jackson County Children’s Services Fund, we have begun a partnership with the Grandview School District to conduct voluntary school-based social and emotional health screenings to 3-5 graders. Our team will help students who are identified as having an elevated mental health risk with ongoing support and resources to the both them and their families to keep them safe and healthy. We predict that these streamlined early-intervention services will reduce future mental health crises.
In response to this program, other area school districts have already reached out with interest in forming similar partnerships. We will keep you in the loop as we pursue these opportunities for more a more robust approach to mental health care for schools, students and families!
*2016-2017 academic year