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School-Community Partnerships for Better Youth Mental Health

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Posted: Mar 29, 2023| Categories: Uncategorized

VTDigger is excited to work with Vermont Care Partners to promote the much-needed services of its sixteen respective member agencies which, includes NCSS. They also understand how important it is for our elected officials to know how to support the needs of Vermonters.

This thirteen-week series is a collaboration produced by members of the Vermont Care Partners statewide network of sixteen non-profit, community-based agencies providing mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability support.

Below is the twelfth installment of the series from Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) focusing on the importance of school and community partnerships for better youth mental health.  

School-Community Partnerships for Better Youth Mental Health

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.   

This well-known quote by Nelson Mandela holds an immense amount of truth. We are empowered, humbled, and connected through education.  

Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS), like other Vermont Care Partner member agencies, believes education is one of the greatest tools to prevent suicide. NKHS is passionate about teaching as many community members as possible to work together to combat this mental health crisis.  

It’s more than recognizing the signs. The power to make a difference comes when we educate our communities on embracing, supporting, and modeling acceptance. It’s about increasing the discussions and making mental health a regular conversation topic. Mental health agencies need help doing this work. It’s a disservice to our communities if we attempt it alone.

Suicide and self-harm are challenging topics. There is no denying this. But these topics will always remain hard if we don’t learn to talk about the hard things.  Read more…

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