Community comes together to address mental health issues

July 11, 2017


Background on the district's mental health initiative

Mental illness is something that occurs in all communities. It doesn’t discriminate. Many of our students and families have been impacted by mental illness in some way. 

School district leaders have been approached by dozens of community partners - from mental health professionals and doctors to police officers, pastors and parents in recent months. They’ve all had a common question ... “What can we do?” 

Since June 2017 more than 220 individuals have been involved in conversations related to students’ mental health.

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.

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 #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

Comunity 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. Details are below. See Agenda

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-
  • Enter WCDPH as your Organization Code
  • Set up your individual training account using your email address
  • Start learning
  • Refer others who work with youth


Future Activities:

  • Awareness and Prevention Work Group - Facilitators: Bob Sherman, Dave Brummel, Marna Canterbury. This group will meet again on meet on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 5 pm at Lakeview Hospital.
  • Support and Crisis Work Group - Facilitators: Mike Huntley and Jean Streeter. This group will meet again on Tuesday, March 6 at 6 pm at Stillwater Area High School.
  • Mental Health Community Conversation to review action plans - April 3, 2018 at The Watermark Hub, 5805 N Osgood Ave, Stillwater.




In Crisis? Call 24/7 ...

  • Canvas Health Crisis Connection:612-379-6363
  • Washington County Crisis Line: 651.777.4455

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

  • Bridge for Youth (for runaway and homeless youth): 612-377-8800


Agenda 4 January 2018 (pdf, 103 KB)