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Fargo, ND: United Way $$ used for "one in four students" with mental health problems

Sept 12, 2018, KVRR, Fargo, ND: Local Students Receive Mental Health Assistance Courtesy of United Way Last year, United Way of Cass–Clay raised a record $6 million. As part of its mission, the organization used a portion of those funds to help education in Cass and Clay Counties…. For one district 30 miles away from Fargo, the power of United Way’s support goes far beyond the classroom. “It was with their funding last year that we were able to put a licensed therapist on our site one day a week, and that’s a game changer for services in the rural area,” said Cory Steiner, the Superintendent of Northern Cass Public Schools. According to the North Dakota Youth Risk Survey, one in four students are struggling with a mental health issue. … This year, the United Way looks to raise $6.25 million. If they reach their goal, Steiner hopes that some of that funding goes towards hiring a licensed therapist at the schools full–time…. “If we don’t start doing something about this now, we’re going to lose a generation of learners in our society,” said Steiner. Thanks to donations from United Way, 123 students at Northern Cass and West Fargo received access to mental health support at school.


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