Roanoke Schools: Bridging the Mental Health Care Divide

In an effort to address the emotional, social and psychological well-being of its students, Roanoke City Schools has partnered with Hazel Health to provide virtual mental healthcare services at no cost. This partnership was initiated in response to requests from students in the district who expressed a need for access to more mental health services.

The school system believes that everyone can benefit from some support at times, and that addressing mental health issues is essential for improving school performance and attendance. Superintendent Verletta White emphasized the importance of this program, stating that it aims to help students deal with trauma-related issues, regardless of the type of trauma they have experienced.

Hazel Health offers services in multiple languages, ensuring that a diverse student population in Roanoke City can access the help they need. Since its launch, 18 students from 12 different schools have utilized the program. The school officials are also working to add physical telehealth services through Hazel Health in the near future. White believes that the overall goal is to promote wholeness and wellness for all students, regardless of their background or circumstances.

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