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Speaking Up About Mental Health Essay Contest

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youths aged 15-24, yet only about half of young adults with a mental disorder receive treatment. In an effort to address this disparity and further conversations about mental health among high schoolers, the National Institutes of Health invites students ages 16-18 years old to participate in the “Speak Up About Mental Health!” essay contest. Essays should explore ways to address the stigma and social barriers that adolescents from racial and ethnic minority populations may face when seeking mental health treatment. There is no application fee to participate and entries should be submitted by May 31, 2019. For more information, go to For questions, contact

What is mental health?
Mental health is a state of emotional and psychological well-being in which a person:

  • Is able to use his or her intelligence and emotional capabilities
  • Functions at school, at home, and in the community
  • Meets the ordinary demands of everyday life

What are the District's mental health objectives?

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Climate & Culture of School Buildings
  • Adherence of protocols for threat assessments
  • Development of policies that enhance the whole child


  • Mental Health Stigma
  • Violent, Aggressive & Disruptive Behavior

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Student Services team at your child’s school. They are there to support you and your child with any mental health questions or concerns.

Resources provided to us by the Florida Department of Education that you can use when you talk to your child about warning signs to look out for in their peers, and help them feel comfortable talking about their thoughts and feelings.

The health and well-being of our students is a top priority.

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Director, Student Services
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Supervisor, Clinical Care
Michael Kelleher
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Supervisor, Emotional Wellness
Elizabeth Tanner
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