As of the 2018–2019 school year, Virginia legislation required school districts to establish mental health education for ninth- and tenth-grade students alongside physical education and health courses.
Commonwealth senator Creigh Deeds decided to sponsor Virginia Senate Bill 953 after hearing from Albermarle County high school students, who described the effects that bullying, suicide, and attempted suicide have had on them and their school. The grades addressed by the legislation were chosen based on statistics that half of mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75 percent of mental health conditions develop by age 24.*
In support of the Virginia senate and house bills, ConcernCenter lists district and local resources that can assist with mental health concerns. Students simply identify a concern in the application, whether they’re dealing with a bad breakup, bullying, performance anxiety, or other common issues for high-school aged children.
ConcernCenter then provides a list of helpful resources previously vetted by school administrators. These resources may be people, offices, or programs and services within the community. The application makes it easy for you to provide important mental health resources to students.
*National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)