VA: Time to put more MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS in schools

Updated: Jul 14, 2018

July 13, 2018, Charlottesville (VA) Daily Progress: Opinion/Editorial: Mental health ought to be panel's priority More mental health services. Fewer guns. That’s the recommendation of three Democrats serving on a 22-member House of Delegates committee looking at school safety. The special committee was formed by House Speaker Kirk Cox after last spring’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. But he specified that the committee would not look at gun issues, specifically to avoid polarization, and instead focus on reforms that might have a better chance of bipartisan adoption. … It’s hard to argue with the need for improved mental health options. By definition, anyone who mass-murders fellow or former students is deeply deranged. Measures that might reduce mental instability among students, and/or that identify students already at risk of committing violence so they can be taken off the street, would be welcome. Putting more counselors into schools would be one step toward improving mental health services, the three delegates said. And not just traditional guidance counselors, but rather mental health counselors who are better trained to help students deal with the increasing stresses of life and of school, and who are better qualified to identify students possibly on the verge of violence….