Why Talking About Mental Health in Schools is Important:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicides among young people in Alabama between 10 and 24 years old have increased 79% per 100,000 residents since 2005. After years of stress and trauma from the pandemic, as well as social, economic and political pressure, improving access to high-quality mental health services for families is critical.
Through the United Way Bold Goals Coalition’s annual Policy Agenda, recommendations related to school-based mental health are shared with local and state leaders to promote efforts that improve coordination among partners working in this area and enhance the impact of community efforts to support mental health services for students.
Addressing mental health in our region starts with identifying the unique needs and concerns of individuals, families and children in each community. The United Way Bold Goals Coalition assists in robust region-wide surveys to pursue equitable, community-driven policy recommendations to expand school-based mental health services for students. Responses from students, families and community members help to inform recommendations for innovative solutions to support our students.
Doubling Down on Student Mental Health Services
The United Way Bold Goals Coalition is partnering with the Birmingham Coalition for Student Mental Health (BCSMH) to address student mental health disparities in Central Alabama. BCSMH was formed in late 2020 as a direct response to the growing crises in area student mental health, exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.Learn More