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Lexington, MA: High school has 12 psychologists, guidance counselors/adjustment counselors

Mar 26, 2018, Lexington, MA Wicked: Winchester to fight mental health stigma, offer resources http://winchester.wickedlocal.com/news/20180326/winchester-to-fight-mental-health-stigma-offer-resources More than 80 community members gathered at the First Congregational Church on Thursday night, March 22 to discuss mental health and learn about state and local resources, in a public forum shaped partially by last month’s deadly stabbing at Winchester Public Library. … Schools, state offer help Winchester High School Principal Dennis Mahoney told attendees that the social and emotional well-being of students is a major priority of his. He noted that the school has a staff of 12 psychologists, guidance counselors and adjustment counselors, and students are offered individual, small-group, and entire-school programs. Also, the school created W.I.N block this year, a weekly hour-long non-academic block during which students can study, partake in yoga and mindfulness sessions, and seek extra help from teachers. The goal, Mahoney said, is to ensure that students address their emotional needs alongside academic achievement. … Representatives from several local mental health providers spoke about their services. … Likewise, Mahoney noted that he hopes to make students at Winchester High School feel comfortable addressing their own mental health with school staff. In particular, he said it is critical for students not to fear that their conversations about mental health with administrators, guidance counselors, and other staff members will later be reiterated on their school transcripts. …