Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 8/13/2019

Every year, Ohio’s high schoolers continue to look better and better on paper (higher test scores, better grades), and yet rates of youth mental illness continue to rise. Many high schoolers’ experiences are defined by chronic stress, sleepless nights, and panic attacks; but in competitive high school environments, mental health is extremely difficult to talk about. Among competitive high schools, the suicide rate is between 4 and 5 times the national average.With recent events like the Silicon Valley suicide clusters, it’s essential that communities come together to address this problem…

Posted by Kim Miller-Smith on 5/14/2019

Across our country's public schools, we are numbly aware of shootings, bullying and youth suicides that highlight the mental health needs of our most vulnerable students. What we miss, at times, is the serious mental health needs of students who perform at the highest standards, are loved by friends and teachers, and seem to have it all together.  The Student Achievement Leadership Team (SALT) were introduced to the needs of these students at a recent SALT meeting.
 
As we learned, navigating life with mental illness can be difficult, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness…

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