skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, May 27, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

At least 15 dead as severe weather sweeps across central US; on Memorial Day, IA labor leaders honor fallen workers; Medical center installs microgrid to safeguard clinic power supply; 'Second look' laws gain traction, but MS sticks to elderly parole; Will summer heat melt New Mexicans' cravings for ice cream?

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

One congressman cites ways Biden could get more support from communities of color. A new Louisiana law reclassifies two abortion medications as controlled substances. And Ohio advocates work to boost youth voter turnout.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

Group Urges Arkansas Schools Districts To Focus On Mental Health Support

play audio
Play

Monday, May 15, 2023   

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a national education advocacy group wants school districts in Arkansas to continue focusing on and investing in critical mental health support.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2021 more than a third of high school students said they experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Denise Forte, president and CEO of The Education Trust, said the top concern for parents, communities, and teachers is school safety and students' mental health. She added as a result of the pandemic, they have seen the rate of students' mental health issues increase.

"In states like Arkansas, students have had a really hard time accessing mental health services," Forte pointed out. "One of the things we also know is that student rates of suicide are going up. The terrible stats there say that one in five has seriously considered suicide, and one in 10 has actually attempted suicide."

Forte argued the statistics prove more works need to be done. She added federal funds can go a long way, but the real concern is whether they are being spent effectively. She believes it is important for students to have access to psychologists, counselors, and social workers to help foster social, emotional, and academic development.

Forte contended one way to address students' mental health needs is by making sure they have a culturally relevant curriculum.

"That's really important, which is why it was equally important to have courses on African American experiences," Forte explained. "We think that is a really important course that more students should have access to, not less. And it's not just about history, it's about the full African American experience."

Forte noted The Education Trust urges school districts in Arkansas and across the country to more effectively support the social, emotional, and academic development of all students, which she emphasized means everything from making sure students feel a sense of belonging, to having strong social and emotional support in the classroom.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
Ice cream makers in the U.S. produce more than 1.38 billion gallons of ice cream annually, with consumption usually peaking in July. (auremar/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

In addition to honoring fallen service members, Memorial Day has come to be known as the unofficial start of summer, which can mean lots of ice cream…


Social Issues

play sound

Memorial Day commemorates Americans who lost their lives while serving in the military. But the Iowa Federation of Labor takes the opportunity to …

Health and Wellness

play sound

This Memorial Day, Connecticut health experts are guiding caregivers on how to keep people with Alzheimer's safe. People with the various forms of …


The latest Living Planet Index report finds freshwater migratory fish saw an average 81% collapse in monitored population sizes between 1970 and 2020. This includes massive declines in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

Groups in Connecticut are preparing to celebrate World Fish Migration Day on Friday. The biennial event celebrates migratory fish species and their …

Social Issues

play sound

Fewer than 8% of people in Alabama prisons are granted parole when they apply for it. Criminal justice experts got together for a discussion of how …

The median length of stay in juvenile detention has increased in Pennsylvania. The average and median lengths of stay have increased, from 17 and 11 days in 2018 to 27 and 14 days in 2022. (Seventyfour/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A new report is sounding the alarm on Pennsylvania's juvenile-detention capacity challenges, citing understaffing and long wait times for the young …

Environment

play sound

It's Latino Advocacy Week in Washington, D.C., and leaders in the Hispanic community are pushing for improvements in the upcoming Farm Bill. The …

Environment

play sound

As Michiganders hit the road this holiday weekend, state lawmakers are brainstorming ways to help close the state's $3.9 billion road funding gap…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021