TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – The Vigo County School Corporation is entering its fourth school year as a recipient of the Project AWARE grant.
VSCS received this grant from the Indiana Department of Education, and the funds are used to help prioritize the mental health of students.
Dr. Megan Kirk, VCSC Project AWARE Coordinator, said that the mental health of students is a top priority for the school corporation.
“The mental health of our students is crucial for their learning,” Kirk said. “It is important that they’re coming in with a strong mental health foundation.”
The grant funds therapists that are able to work with students on social skills training. Also, the grant allows for teachers to receive training on how to assess mental health issues in students.
“We have also been providing training for our staff to make them more aware of what are signs and symptoms of mental health issues in students and what they can do to help them,” Kirk said.
Kirk explained that providing students with these tools will make them more comfortable to talk openly about mental health.
“We’re trying to add some different supports in those ways for students to feel more comfortable talking about mental health,” Kirk said.