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Pflugerville, TX: School staff learning to identify mental health problems in students

Feb 10, 2018, Pflugerville, TX, Community Impact Newspaper: LTISD students show high trends in perceived self-harm, stress and thoughts of suicide, survey shows https://communityimpact.com/austin/lake-travis-westlake/editors-pick/2018/02/10/ltisd-students-show-high-trends-perceived-self-harm-stress-thoughts-suicide-survey-shows/ LAKE TRAVIS ISD Students reported that they were stressed and did not know how to handle stress, leading to a higher amount of suicidal ideation and self-harm coping strategies then average districts in the country, according to results of a survey the district administered last May. … While many districtwide survey trends were in line with national results, students identified Lake Travis High School as a party school at a higher-than-expected rate, Hassenfratz said. … She said the district is working on educating staff, club sponsors and community members who work with students about mental health and how to identify when a child is showing signs of stress or risky behavior. … Hassenfratz said part of the issue is students have not been taught coping strategies consistently enough for them to appropriately deal with stress. “We have a lot of teaching to do,” she said. …