Mental Health Matters: A Newsletter for Our School Community

Welcome to our latest newsletter focusing on mental health within our schools. At Van Buren Intermediate School District, we prioritize the well-being of our students and staff members, recognizing that mental health is just as important as physical health in achieving overall wellness and academic success.

Featured Resources:

1. Mental Health Clinicians Contact Sheet:

We are pleased to provide you with a comprehensive contact sheet containing the details of mental health clinicians available within our local school districts. These dedicated professionals offer support, guidance, and counseling services to students and staff members who may be struggling with various mental health concerns. Please click on the contact sheet for their availability and contact information.

Mental Health Clinicians in our Local School Districts
2. Presentations on Depression and Anxiety:

In collaboration with mental health experts, we are excited to share two informative presentations focusing on depression and anxiety. These presentations aim to raise awareness, provide strategies for coping, and foster a supportive environment for those experiencing these challenges. We encourage students, parents, teachers, and staff to take advantage of these valuable resources:

Supporting Mental Health in Schools:

As we navigate the complexities of the academic year, it is essential to prioritize mental health support within our school community. Here are some ways we can work together to promote positive mental health:

  • Encourage open dialogue: Create opportunities for students to express their thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Foster resilience: Teach coping skills and resilience-building techniques to help students navigate challenges and setbacks.
  • Promote self-care: Encourage students and staff to prioritize self-care activities such as exercise, mindfulness, and hobbies.
  • Seek support when needed: Remind students and staff that it is okay to ask for help and that support is available from school counselors, mental health clinicians, and other resources.

Upcoming Events and Activities:

Stay tuned for upcoming events and activities focused on mental health awareness and support within our schools. We are committed to providing ongoing opportunities for education, engagement, and empowerment in this important area.

Get Involved:

We welcome your feedback, suggestions, and involvement in our efforts to promote mental health and wellness within our school community. Together, we can create a supportive and nurturing environment where every individual can thrive.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to mental health advocacy. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of our students and staff members.