Schools often serve as one of the most important institutions that address children’s mental health needs, particularly in rural areas of the country, where schools are often one of the only places where children’s mental health services are provided.
According to the Surgeon General’s office, 20% of children need active mental health interventions, and 16% experience functional impairment due to mental health (US Dept HHS, 2000). Yet families struggle to meet these needs independently due to socioeconomic constraints; lack of insurance coverage; stigma, limited access to accurate mental health information, and the lack of available resources. As a result, schools are the primary providers of mental health services for many children (Hoagwood, Erwin, 1997). Yet there is a severe shortage of school mental health personnel.
The Cook Center believed that an important member of the team was being left out by not engaging and educating parents on how they can support their child’s mental health. They asked the question, “What if parents felt equipped to talk to their anxious child, or set boundaries around social media, or even look for signs of suicide?”
Cook Center brought together seasoned school channel business developers to work with private and public schools and we brought our expertise in mental health programs. Together, we built ParentGuidance.org–a comprehensive mental health program for schools to offer parents that need additional help in supporting their child with mental health issues.
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