What’s Happening in Student Mental Health?

By Diane Lampe

As a teacher and school counselor who is passionate about student mental health and wellness I am a part of this movement. Currently I’m a Coordinator at the Sacramento County Office of Education for student mental health projects including the Regional PreK-12 Student Mental Health Initiative (SMHI), a program of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA).

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I am excited to share that through our statewide infrastructure of 11 Regional Lead County Offices of Education we can report the following accomplishments related to student mental health and wellness from July 2011 through December 2014:

  • Served 117,795 students and 22,872 adults directly through demonstration programs with a reach of nearly 2 million students throughout California, based on enrollment of demonstration school sites
  • Collaborated with local cross-system consortia representing more than 12,000 partners and stakeholders
  • Provided more than 2,000 trainings, trainings of trainers and events in counties throughout the state, serving 75,489 educators, mental health personnel, parents, students, community members and other stakeholders
  • Developed a cadre of trainers to provide continued education and training in student mental health and wellness topics
  • Launched an online clearinghouse, regionalk12smhi.org, with over 356 vetted resources, more than 400 registered users and an estimated reach to over 71,000 individuals

The Regional PreK-12 SMHI is focused on prevention and early identification of mental health issues for students in grades PreK-8 and linkages to grades 9 – 12. It is based on a statewide framework of prevention and early intervention strategies for promoting student mental health that encourages schools and their communities to implement programs and services that meet local needs. This initiative, administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), is funded by counties through the voter-approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63).

 


 

Diane LampeDiane Lampe has worked in education in Sacramento County since 1978 as a teacher, prevention educator, elementary and high school counselor, and Healthy Start Coordinator. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and is passionate about student mental health and wellness. Since January 2012 she has been on assignment with the Sacramento County Office of Education as a Coordinator of student mental health projects, including the Regional K-12 Student Mental Health Initiative.