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Ames, IA: District to hold free mental health conference'; it's 'a major issue within our schools'

Nov 13, 2018, Ames (IA) Tribune: Ames School District will host mental health conference http://www.amestrib.com/news/20181113/ames-school-district-will-host-mental-health-conference The Ames Community School District will hold a free mental health conference on Thursday with speakers, a resource fair and sessions for students and their families. Ames Middle School Student and Family Advocate Kaitlyn Clark said there a need for this conference due to a presence of mental health issues in the school district. “Mental health is a major issue within our schools and it’s important as adults to understand and recognize the symptoms of mental health,” Clark said. Students and their families will be able to learn more about those symptoms and be educated about solutions to them. … Smidt says this conference is the first step in supporting students and their families when it comes to these issues. “We are poised to raise awareness across our community.” He said. “This mental health conference is only the beginning of continuing that conversation.”