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. Watch for all this and more coming to our schools soon.

A Community Mental Health Advisory Council is forming.

Interested in serving on the council? Fill out the online interest form. To learn more, contact George Nolan, Director of Personalized Learning, nolang@stillwaterschools.org, 651.351.8318. 

Notes from Community Conversations 2017-2018

Community Conversation #7: June 14, 2018

Community Conversation #6: May 21, 2018 
Participants developed a mission statement, clarified activities under two priority areas (see below) and began development of three-year plans to implement and sustain each proposal.

Community Conversation #5: April 24, 2018
Participants reviewed presentations for programs or strategies to address the two priority areas: Awareness and Prevention and Support and Crisis.

Community Conversation #4: Jan. 16, 2018
Participants broke into two separate work groups to discuss goals and set priorities. The groups will continue to meet in the coming months to develop strategies for the next year. It's not too late to join an action group! Just pick an area of interest to you and attend the next meeting. See Agenda

Community Conversation #3: Nov. 6, 2017
During this meeting work groups began to form to set priorities and develop action plans to support the mental health needs of students and families in our community. Sign up for a work group. See Agenda / View Priorities

Community Conversation #2: Sept. 19, 2017
Nearly 70 people attended our second conversation during which we recapped the feedback gathered in June and provided an overview of the many social and emotional supports being provided to students and families through our schools. See Agenda / View Social Emotional Framework Presentation / View Handout

Community Conversation #1: June 21, 2017
More than 60 people came together to talk about the many challenges facing our students and identify the mental health resources available, as well as the gaps that exist within our community. We had wonderful conversations, and generated many ideas for further exploration. See Agenda / View feedback gathered.

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