#MASSPchat 3/20: Student Mental Health Concerns

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The Topic:
The MASSP membership identified "student mental health" as a legislative priority this year. The MASSP Board of Directors spent some time this week helping to define student mental health concerns and the need schools have for support on this issue. During this week's chat, let's explore this topic and how you are addressing it locally. Take a look below at this week's questions. You might also consider taking a look at this NPR article.

This Week's Questions:

  1. Defining student mental health...what words or phrases come to mind as you think about a working definition for student mental health?
  2. What supports or resources would you like to have in your building for students with mental health issues?
  3. What is a barrier you are facing as you try to find support/resources for student mental health issues?
  4. What training do students need to strengthen their own mental health as well as to identify/support their friends?
  5. What training or support does your staff need to address student mental health issues?
  6. What training or support is available for parents & community members around student mental health concerns?
  7. What successful programs or resources do you have in place to support students in crisis?

Meet Our Moderator:
Wendy Zdeb (@massp) became MASSP's Executive Director of MASSP on January 1, 2012. Wendy began her career in education as a teacher at Warren, Fitzgerald High School where she taught English and coached three varsity sports. She then went on to become the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at St. Clair High School in the East China School District. After three years as an Assistant Principal, Wendy was ready to seek a new challenge and she found it as the Principal at Rochester High School where she worked for seven years. Wendy holds a bachelor's degree in English and History from Western Michigan University and her Master's in Ed Leadership and Education Specialist degrees are both from Saginaw Valley State University.