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A $1 million grant will beef up mental health training in Palm Beach County schools

Stressed out students

As students and staff members navigate going to school during a pandemic that many say has triggered a community mental health crisis, Palm Beach County schools will beef up mental health training with a $1 million federal grant.

The school district will use the grant money to hire two staff members to train district staff to respond to mental health crises in schools and teach students to recognize signs of distress in themselves and their peers.

The STOP School Violence program has already been implemented in certain high schools in the district, said Keith Oswald, chief of equity and wellness for Palm Beach County schools. Now, with the help of the three-year grant, the district can expand the curriculum to reach 19,000 students and train 1,260 of them as “safe school ambassadors.”

Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun-Sentinel.