MT. VERNON — One local school is taking significant steps to support mental health initiatives with both students and teachers.
Mt. Vernon Middle School 7th grade teacher Deb Thomas is a 'Top Ten Teacher of the Year' in Indiana. She advocates for more mental health resources for teachers after she suddenly lost a fellow educator last year.
Thomas is pushing lawmakers to create legislation that better addresses mental health support and training for teachers.
All Mt. Vernon teachers are trained in suicide prevention through a certified program. Each school has a counselor from Community Health Network, in addition to their school counselor/social worker.
Wednesday Mt. Vernon High School is also hosting the 'Rise Above It' mental health workshop at 4:30 p.m. for both adults and students.
The interactive workshop will address anxiety, addiction, vaping, depression, and other mental health issues.