Could More Mental Health Counseling Improve School Safety?

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Could More Mental Health Counseling Improve School Safety?

The school shooting in Florida earlier this year caused a new round of discussions about gun safety, although Republicans in the General Assembly say they would rather talk about other ways to make schools safer.

One of those ways is to look at mental health in the classroom.

Virginia schools need more mental health counselors. That is one of the conclusions of a select committee assembled in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

“School safety is more than just the shootings like at Parkland,” says Delegate Mike Mullin, a Democrat from Newport News and a member of the committee. “It’s the day-to-day bullying that affects and destroys young lives and emotions. A lot of that could be caught much more early on, and our schools could only get safer because of it.”

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  1. Good points are mentioned in this post. I work in the public schools, and face the mental health challenges as both a teacher, and parent to a child with mental health issues. I think a lot about this issue. My humble opinion is that teaching kids to make meaningful connections with others is missing. There is so much focus on testing and scores, that we neglect the other needs of our students. I have always been a fan of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and based much of my teaching philosophy around it. Anyway, great ideas in the post🙂

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