COLUMBUS, Ind.–The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation’s new Counseling Counts program is beginning to pay off with important information. At Monday’s night’s school board meeting, the results from the 2017 Youth Survey highlighted that the mental health risks of Bartholomew County students is on the uptick. One particularly sobering statistic from the survey was that 10.6 percent of seniors said they had not just contemplated suicide, but had made a plan to do so.
Counseling Counts coordinator Dr. Doug Moore reported to the BCSC board that the $1.2 million, four-year initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment and Heritage Fund is still in its infancy, but is moving forward. Progress has been shown in many ways, including stakeholder meetings being coordinated around the community, setting up a 2-1-1 hotline, devising a health curriculum, and developing a framework for school-based mental health support along with several other action items.