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Collier County Schools Make Changes to Mental Health Services

School starts Wednesday for kids in Collier County. And one of the biggest changes will be more access to mental health services.

It’s part of the school safety bill that state lawmakers passed after the Parkland shooting in February.

So the Collier district is adding to its mental health staff, for a total of 31 psychologists and 16 social workers.

This staff has already trained in school crisis prevention and trauma care.

Teachers will get training in suicide awareness and prevention, and youth mental health assistance throughout this school year.

The district is also tackling five social emotional learning priorities for the school year.

Two of them caught our attention:

  1. There will be a new student check in at 30 and 60 days in for elementary, middle and high school students.
  2. Buddy benches will be put in elementary schools. This is a spot for students to go if they feel lonely. A student ambassador will spot them and invite them to play.

There’s a lot more information on these priorities and how the district plans to put them in place.

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