The School Nurse’s Role in Mental Health

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mental health school nurseMental health care is always a hot-button topic, but never more so than in the wake of a violent tragedy like the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Blame is being batted around like a tennis ball, with fingers pointed at gun regulations, missed mental health signals, ignored reports of a potential for violence, delayed reactions from security, and any number of other people and situations. All these things may or may not have played a factor in the events of that day, but the one thing that is the most common factor in any situation like this of the perpetrator’s need for mental health care. Continue reading “The School Nurse’s Role in Mental Health”

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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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suicide prevention monthSuicide is a subject that isn’t the most comfortable to discuss, but it is critically important to raise awareness. Medical professionals, especially, should take the time during Suicide Prevention Month to do a bit of self-education on the warning signs and take time to assess the mental health of themselves, their patients, and those around them. Continue reading “September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month”

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