6/14/19 - ‘It’s OK to not be OK:’ How One High School Saved Lives with a 34-Question Survey


We all know that a critical support in the continuum of care is access to behavioral health services for school-aged children. During a time when youth suicide rates are at an all time high, it is imperative that children are provided with safe and affirming spaces for behavioral health consultation. A high school in Colorado is making waves with their new mental health survey program.

The voluntary survey has been given twice this school year, once in October and again in April where more than 800 of the school’s 1,000 students opted to take the survey. The overarching message of this survey process is to show students that “it’s OK to not be OK.” The survey asks students a range of questions about their thoughts and behavior during the previous week. Students who identify on the survey that they have thoughts of or are engaging in self-harm, are approached by a “triage team” who can work with them further. Students who are identified as high-risk are immediately referred to community-based mental health crisis teams for formal evaluations. Now, more districts throughout the state are implementing this BIMAS screening and growing new partnerships with community behavioral health organizations statewide.

 

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