Community comes together to address mental health issues

July 11, 2017

 

Join us for Community Conversation #2 - Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Oak Glen Golf Course and Banquet Center, 1599 McKusick Road N, Stillwater.

Background on the district's mental health initiative
Death by suicide is something that occurs in all communities. It doesn’t discriminate. Many of our students and families have been impacted by suicide in some way. It is a harsh reality, and it is something we cannot choose to ignore.

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?” 

The outpouring of support has been incredible. But even more incredible are the resources being offered up and the ideas being generated. There is a very real and urgent desire to join forces and develop an initiative to drive change in our community.

The district, in partnership with Washington County, held the first Community Conversation on Students' Mental Health Needs on June 21. A group of more than 60 people came together to talk about the many challenges facing our students - from depression and anxiety to chemical dependency and suicide - and identify the mental health resources available, as well as the gaps that exist within our community. 

Feedback gathered during this conversation will be used to help community leaders develop a plan to provide training, resources and support to all who work with our youth, and give people the resources to identify and address issues before it is too late.

Future Activities:

  • Suicide Prevention Event featuring Dan Reidenberg with SAVE.org
    Monday, Oct. 23 (Time and location yet TBD). Watch for more details coming soon!

In Crisis? Call ...
  • Canvas Health, 651.777.5222
  • Family Means, 651.439.4840

  • Youth Service Bureau, 651.439.8800

  • Washington County Adult and Children Line: 651.777.5222