New Mental Health Resources Available at Public Schools Holt

HOLT, Mich. (WILX) — Over the summer, Holt Public Schools took several steps to address student mental health. As the school year approaches, administrators let students and parents know that these resources are now available.

“Holt Public Schools is making a full range of mental health services available to students in the new school year, including a full-time high school therapist, as the district continues to evaluate the best ways to provide these resources to all students,” administrators wrote in a statement. “With Mental Health Manager Heather Findley, the district is excited to continue its work to help ensure students have access to a variety of emotional support services.”

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In addition to hiring a dedicated therapist, Holt Public Schools took two other steps over the summer to expand its mental health offerings to students. They adopted the TRAILS program, a 10-week cognitive-behavioral program to help schools establish a unified approach to wellness. They have also formed a Student Advisory Committee, which aims to allow members of the student body to provide direct feedback to teachers and district administrators.

“We are excited to offer more mental health programs and services while continuing our efforts to reach students who may not have been targeted for such services in the past,” Findley said. “We know all kinds of students could be going through a tough time at home. We must support children in need wherever they are. We cannot expect students to do well academically when they are struggling emotionally.

Holt Public Schools also recently hired two additional social workers and two school nurses, in an effort to provide students with regular check-ins, crisis management and mental health education.

“At Holt Public, we are absolutely committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment and supporting all members of our learning community,” said Dr. David Hornak, Superintendent of Holt Public Schools. “We take great pride in providing resources aimed at serving the whole child by supporting students’ social-emotional learning and overall growth.”


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