Panther Awareness
Schools are strongest institutions in a child's life which enhance self-esteem, confidence, and promote positive development.

School health and student support services are critical components of a comprehensive approach to safe and successful schools. Can one school employee do it by him or herself? Absolutely not. It takes a village. It takes an organized community school effort to coordinate care. Each month a Panther Awareness Mental Health newsletter will be provided as a way to educate on mental health issues and trauma. Tips will be provided on what to look for in students and how to address concerns in and outside of the classroom.

Also, has resources on mental health issues under the student mental health wellness link. Please feel free to contact Wendy Ford , Mental Health Coordinator at with any specific topics you would like covered throughout the year.

If you have already identified students who maybe in need of additional supports please reach out to your Resource Coordinators.
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Silent Epidemic

Up to one in five kids living in the U.S. shows signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder in a given year. So in a school classroom of 25 students, five of them may be struggling with the same issues many adults deal with: depression, anxiety, ADHD, attachment disorders, and substance abuse. And yet most children -nearly 80 percent — who need mental health services won't get them. Whether treated or not, the children do go to school. And the problems they face can tie into major problems found in schools: chronic absence, low achievement, disruptive behavior, involvement in the criminal justice system and suicidal acts. Experts say schools can play a role in identifying students with problems and helping them succeed. Yet it's a role many schools are not prepared for. As a district we want to be prepared, and willing to stand up for those students suffering with mental illness and the effects of trauma. 

It’s time to Stand Up

Children often spend more waking hours among school employees than they spend with their family members. These school employees observe student behaviors in response to academic and social pressures in the school environment.

There is now clear scientific research supporting what educators have known all along – the environment surrounding where children live and the experiences they bring with them into the classroom greatly affect their learning once they enter the schoolhouse doors.

School offers an ideal context for prevention, intervention, positive development, and regular communication between school and families.

Student Safety Reporting

If you believe your child is being bullied, harassed, or you suspect any type of suspicious behavior, contact your child’s principal or report the incident through our  Student Safety Reporting System .

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Thank you for reading this Student Mental Health Services Update.

Mental Health Coordinator, Wendy Ford

Student Mental Health Services
1685 S. Main Street
Springboro, OH 45066
P: 937-748-3950 (x4405)