mental health

The state’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children met Wednesday morning to discuss a wide range of issues, including suicide prevention. 

State officials painted a grim picture of suicides among Indiana’s youth. The rising rates of suicide – and thoughts of suicide – are already among the highest in the country. 

Division of Mental Health and Addiction official Leslie Hulvershorn says Indiana has effective ways to prevent youth suicides, but children and teens might have a hard time getting those services.

Educators Learn Advocacy At School Health Conference

Jul 1, 2019

Mental health and Medicaid were some of the policy topics presented at the annual School Health Conference in Indianapolis this week but therewas also push for more action.

An Illinois Senate bill aims to help children who are at risk of entering state custody because of issues caused by untreated mental illness. The measure comes as states grapple with ways to help parents who face a heartbreaking choice: giving up custody to obtain expensive treatment for a child.

Hundreds of school professionals met in Bloomington this week to focus on how they educate children – including their emotional and social needs – and organizers say the efforts could help Indiana make progress on key education issues.

School Mental Health Bill Clears Senate

Feb 27, 2019

A bill to provide mental health care for Indiana students narrowly passed the Senate this week.  The legislation was written in response to school safety. 

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Nineteen West Central Indiana school corporations have received grant funding to assist them with collecting data and analyze the needs of their students.

With the grant’s help, schools must now establish how they would change current programs to improve mental health and/or keep students from doing drugs.

Lafayette School Corporation has been collecting data on student health after receiving money from the Lilly Endowment in 2017.

Addiction Prevention Program Expands In Indiana

Dec 21, 2018
The prevention program, Preventure, is training more people after receiving a grant. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Lauren Chapman

A new substance abuse prevention program targeted primarily at teens is expanding in Indiana. 

A few Indiana school corporations will divvy up $9 million to improve mental health support, and while the number of schools receiving the money may be small, officials say they’ll influence efforts across the state.

Mental Wellness Focus At First Responder Conference

Sep 14, 2018
Brandon Dreiman led a session on mental health at the annual Indiana Emergency Response Conference. (Jill Sheridan/IPB News)
Jill Sheridan

The annual Indiana Emergency Response Conference was held in Indianapolis and mental health was the focus during a number of sessions.

One in five American children has or will have a serious mental illness - and at least half of them won’t get treatment. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

One in five American children has or will have a serious mental illness – and at least half of them won’t get treatment.

The Indiana Commission on Improving the Status of Children wants every school district in the state to have personnel to help integrate what’s called social emotional learning into the classroom – essentially, education that improves mental health.