Teaching Our Youth Resiliency Makes Today'S Students Tomorrow'S Leaders


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Students in Palm Beach County, Fla., are experiencing a " concerning uptick" in mental health disorders over the past few years, says the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.

Nearly 3,000 students were referred to mental health professionals in the 2021 school year alone, with issues including depression, anxiety, school-related stress, interpersonal relationships, and trauma, the foundation says in a press release.

To address the issue, the foundation teamed up with the School District of Palm Beach County to launch the "Resiliency Through the Community Initiative."

The goal is to " equip our students with the tools and support necessary to navigate life's challenges," the release says.

Over the past two years, master's-level clinicians have been placed in 10 elementary schools to deliver resiliency lessons, activities, toolkits, materials, and coaching to students and their families.

"The impact of this outreach has been profound, positively affecting over 3,200 students and families across 10 elementary schools," the press release says.

" feedback from respondents underscores the effectiveness of the program, with 80% reporting a positive impact on students and significant percentages noting the acquisition of essential life skills, resiliency, social support, and solution-focused coaching."

The next phase of the initiative, which is scheduled to wrap up in

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