K-12 student mental health: A focus for Wisconsin schools
Wisconsin school districts are taking a multifaceted approach to addressing mental health concerns of students.
Districts are training staff to recognize signs of trauma, connecting families with local mental health providers, and allowing providers to meet with students in school. Much of the emphasis has been driven by changes at the state level aimed at providing funding and access to services for local schools.
Colleen James, a therapist with Innervisions Counseling in Baraboo, works with students once a week in the Baraboo School District as well as four other districts in Sauk and Juneau counties for different mental health and trauma-focused issues.