Identifying kids at risk through school programs
The Depression Center’s educational partnership with the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) has been going strong since 2007, thanks in no small part to the dedication of our active Depression Center Community Volunteer Committee. We are grateful to our Community Volunteers not only for providing the seed money to begin this important initiative, but for remaining committed to raising awareness and support for this cause through subsequent outreach and fundraising events.
This depression awareness and education program was created with the knowledge that many teachers in the Ann Arbor school district and elsewhere never receive formal education and/or training about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors associated with childhood and adolescent depressive illnesses, or how to appropriately respond to the needs of a student who is in distress. The aim of this ongoing collaboration is to build a foundation of successful and sustainable prevention and intervention strategies that help AAPS personnel to better identify youth who may be at risk for mental illness and suicide, and take appropriate next steps to respond to this risk.
More details about this partnership are available here.