District's Mental Health Initiative

Background on the district's mental health initiative

Since June 2017 more than 220 individuals have been involved in conversations related to students’ mental health. A series of conversations were held throughout the school year. It started with a discussion about the need in our community and the gaps that currently exist and has led to the development of a plan to increase awareness and prevention of mental health issues and provide better support for students and families in crisis.

The plan includes providing students access to peer helpers, support groups, and a Make it OK campaign to help reduce stigma around mental illness. We’re working to develop better communications to families, plan special events, and make it easier for students, staff and parents to find and access resources. 

E-12 Social Emotional Learning Framework

Suicide Prevention Training:

Washington County is providing QPR training - which stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — is just 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Parents and anyone who works with youth (coaches, scout leaders, youth ministers, etc.) are encouraged to be trained in QPR. To sign up for the training:

  • Go to the QPR Gatekeeper training Portal- http://www.qprtraining.com/setup.php
  • Enter WCDPH as your Organization Code
  • Set up your individual training account using your email address
  • Start learning
  • Refer others who work with youth