Belpre addresses student mental health
Growing up is never easy, but today’s youth face challenges from a variety of sources.
Belpre City Schools officials say a focus on student mental and emotional health is not only needed, but is vital to addressing a host of issues which can affect children personally and academically.
A drug epidemic, social media pressures and the normal stress of adolescence and young-adulthood have come together to create a particularly difficult mix of issues and hurdles facing students throughout the nation.
“Our situation isn’t unique,” said Belpre Superintendent Tony Dunn. “These are issues being faced by schools and communities throughout the nation. But being a smaller school district in a smaller community, we don’t always have access to the help and resources you’ll find in bigger areas.”
The school system relies on outside agencies and volunteers whenever possible.
“Our resources are limited, so we have to build this web to catch students and family members when they are struggling,” he said. “We rely a lot on community groups and support to help us. Belpre really does treat community members as extended family.”
Dunn said with a small school district such as Belpre, outside help is imperative. The school system has seen its resources dwindle while needs have increased. The district is asking voters this week to approve an emergency operating levy to avoid running out of money next year.
“We’re always looking for ways we can do things at minimal cost or for free,” Dunn said.View Full Article