Whether you are a principal, teacher, school counselor or paraprofessional, you may have a few questions before you oversee this new assessment.
The School Wellness Assessment provides simple questions to students in elementary, middle and high school. The questions look at important issues like anger, suicide and chemical dependency. This screening is important due to the increase in violence and teen suicide seen throughout the United States. Taking a proactive approach to helping students is the answer to solving the mental health issues around the world.
Once the screening is completed a master's level assessor will thoroughly review each student's assessment. Students who have answered affirmatively to specific questions will be identified as high risk in one of five categories. Students will also be asked about their school environment as well as other students and staff. This allows WSA to thoroughly assess the entire school and ensure student and staff safety.
The School Administrator will receive an extensive and confidential report identifying all high risk students, environmental concerns and additional issues presented by staff and students.
Students and their families will meet with school counselors or a mental health representative to assist students identified as high risk. WSA provides a treatment resource packet to assist these families in seeking out the right local, state or national professionals who will assist their loved one.
School Counselors and School Administration can assist further by checking in on high-risk students to ensure they are receiving treatment services. Knowing which students are having challenges is half the battle because many times they do not ask for help. School Wellness Assessments provide a safe opportunity for every student to talk about personal struggles.