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The School-Based Mental Health Program provides individual and group counseling; mental health education for students, parents and teachers; crisis assessment and referrals; mental health campaigns such as suicide prevention; and collaboration with school personnel to help identify students in need of support. It costs the Center approximately $16,500 a year to place a counselor one day a week for the entire school year, $33,000 for two days a week, and $49,500 for three days. The public school-based mental health program is fully funded through philanthropy with no cost to the school. Parochial schools are partially funded through philanthropy as each parochial school pays a little more than half the cost of providing the service.
The Program Goals
The overall objective for the school-based mental health program is to provide timely interventions, as well as crisis services and referrals, for children and youth who may not otherwise be able to get the help they need. A secondary objective is to increase mental health literacy of students, parents and teachers so they can recognize early mental health problems, differentiating between what is normal child development and when an issue may require more thorough screening and treatment. The specific goals for our school-based mental health program are to:
- Improve student emotional health and behavior
- Help boost student academic performance
- Reduce absenteeism and truancy
- Provide access to mental health service including “wraparound” activities
Wraparounds are therapeutic activities that supplement the counseling service we provide and can include art, music, martial arts or tennis lessons. These options are a great way to foster closer connections between students and facilitate a mindset of increased self-discipline, confidence, and self-esteem. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a program that attempts to work with students who exhibit negative behaviors within the classroom in order to provide a more positive outcome. A qualified counselor uses his or her communication skills in order to improve behavioral, emotional and anger-related issues with a student for a six-week period or until they can be successfully removed from the list for this service.
Life Changing Services
School-based mental health programs provide a lasting impact on the children and youth served, helping them to lead healthier, happier and more productive lives. These early interventions provide students with the coping skills and strategies they need to manage the symptoms of their mental illness. We could not provide these life changing services without the help of our generous partners. Your support of this program will change the trajectory of young lives, helping students grow into emotionally healthy adults. Please consider partnering to provide these critical mental health services to those children who may otherwise not have access to these life changing interventions.
Help Us Achieve Our Goals
Empower people to support single moms, create lifetime memories for children in foster care and enhance mental health in our local schools and community. Fitzgerald Family Foundation envisions a local community in which the most vulnerable people will have the power and opportunity to lift themselves out of hopelessness and to create vital, healthy lives for their families and communities now and for the future.
Fitzgerald Family Foundation
1031 Ridgeview Drive
Inverness, Illinois 60010