The funds will be used to help students develop self-awareness to overcome stress and anxiety.
Grand Rapids, Michigan — Student mental health is a national crisis.
A new federal survey found that 45% of high school students feel so persistently sad or hopeless that they are unable to engage in regular activities.
East Grand Rapids Public Schools wants to change that. They recently received his $1 million donation from an anonymous donor to help with student mental health.
Amy Stuursma, executive director of the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation, said the generous gifts came from EGR High School alumni.
Stuursma says the money helps students develop self-awareness to overcome stress and anxiety.
“This allows us to provide support and resources not only to our staff, but also to our students, helping them become more aware of looking for anxiety triggers and have more self-awareness. [and] anxiety. We also provide a toolkit, a toolkit that helps you identify these resources, know when you need help, and ask for help,” he explains Sturrsma.
She also said that focusing on the mental health of students could benefit teachers as well.
“Our teachers have a lot thrown at them in the classroom and given a lot to deal with every day. , they will be able to help students on the way.”
The donation enabled East Grand Rapids Public Schools to hire a wellness coordinator and additional social workers. We hope these new resources will help you identify mental health issues before they become problems.
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