Birmingham City Schools are extending free school mental health services for pupils this school year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Birmingham City School officials are seeing an increase in the number of children with mental health issues since the pandemic and leaders are working to provide them with more services and resources.

Birmingham City Schools and Alabama Regional Medical Services now offer free medical and mental health services to students at seven different schools.

It’s an in-school clinic at Wenonah High School that these new students can use for free. Superintendent Dr Mark Sullivan said the clinic was a success in high school and he knew it would be for other students. Sullivan said he saw 200 students and 38% were seen for mental health issues. He said that according to school data, these additional schools have a high medical and financial need for assistance.

Hayes K-8, Washington K-8, Green Acres Middle, Carver High, Huffman High and Brown K-5 all have access to services now.

He says that since the pandemic, more students are showing signs of mental health issues, including in elementary schools, and he wants to help before the problem gets worse.

“People think mental health is about kids doing things, but it’s not,” he said. “It’s anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, so it gives us an opportunity to really address those needs on the pitch. I think that’s a game changer.

The clinic will have nurse practitioners and social workers and will also provide basic medical care and visual and hearing aids.

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