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Winchester, VA: "Increasing numbers of students" with mental health needs; not enough counselors

Oct 1, 2018, Winchester (VA) Star: School counselors outnumbered as they struggle to help students with mental health issues http://www.winchesterstar.com/winchester_star/school-counselors-outnumbered-as-they-struggle-to-help-students-with/article_c109d310-696e-57c6-9128-8a019ff3ef4d.html Sad” and “frustrating” are words some local school counselors use when they talk about the obstacles they face as more students seek mental health services at school. In Winchester and Frederick County public schools, an increasing numbers of students are seeking help, while staff members grow outnumbered. Jonathan Faringer, a counselor at Adm. Richard E. Byrd Middle School in Frederick County, said it feels like he spends more time helping students facing depression and suicidal thoughts than he did 14 years ago, when he became a counselor. Amber Mungavin, director of counseling for Winchester Public Schools, said the city school division has seen an uptick in mental health screenings. … The number of school counselors, psychologists and social workers needs expansion, he said. …