Crossroad Health Center is facilitating a Trauma Sensitive Schools grant, which is available to all Lake County Schools (K-12). The grant is focused on mental health in students, as studies have shown that mental health problems can affect many areas in a student’s life. According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, mental health problems can reduce students’ “quality of life, academic achievement, physical health, satisfaction with the college experience, and negatively impact relationships with friends and family members. These issues can also have long-term consequences for students, affecting their future employment, earning potential, and overall health.”
Through Crossroad Health Center, a leadership team will work in conjunction with the District Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Team to guide this process. Crossroad Health will provide training to the leadership team throughout the year and will develop four separate one-hour long recorded trainings for all staff, support and licensed -- not just teachers. The district will also identify a couple of strategies to implement and make a plan for sustainability, such as training new staff, fidelity of implementation, and more.
Shannon Kriegmont, Principal at South Elementary, has already attended one of the trainings for the new program. Ms. Kriegmont says, “I’m already excited. It’s going to provide some training that I think our staff has been wanting, to help us get to the root of some behaviors in our students and be able to support them in the best way possible, not only to improve their behaviors but to improve their lives. I think it’s going to bring together a bunch of things we are all very passionate about with some concrete strategies and support from Crossroad.”