Mental Health Awareness at FCSD
The Fairfield Community School District professional school counselors/at-risk team supported Please Pass the Love’s statewide initiative to Paint the State Green in the month of October. Paint the State Green is a youth mental health awareness campaign to help designatize and recognize the importance of supporting mental health in our youth. Please Pass the Love is an organization that supports youth mental health in schools and communities. According to Please Pass the Love’s website, “Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Iowa for people ages 15-24. One in five youths aged 13-18 experiences severe mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder in a given year, but less than 20% of children with a mental health health disorder receive treatment.”
Additionally, on October 16, 2018, members of the school counselor/at-risk team attended Please Pass the Love’s 2018 Iowa School Mental Health Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The team learned about various topics related to addressing mental health concerns within the school setting. The keynote speakers and break-out sessions focused on the specific cultural and climate mental health needs of youth as well as possible interventions that have worked in other locations.
The entire school counselor/at-risk team personally purchased shirts supporting the Paint the State Green campaign. The green shirts read, “Stop Stigma, Support Students.” The school counselors/at-risk team encourage parents/guardians as well as other concerned community members to advocate for student mental health. Should you be concerned about a student, please do not hesitate to reach out to the school counselors/at-risk team in each of the buildings.
Photo: back row, Left to right, Justin Copeland (FHS Success Coordinator); Jay Thompson (K-8 Success Coordinator and School Counselor); Karla Steward (FHS and FMS School Counselor); Mark Epperson (FHS School Counselor). Front row, left to right, Kelsie Roland (Washington Elementary School Counselor); Molly Mosinski (FMS School Counselor); Taryn Mottet (Pence Elementary School Counselor). Not pictured: Matt Smith (FCSD Social Worker).