(Canton, Ohio) – The Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery is announcing $2,500 mini-grants being awarded to 8 school districts.
Officials explain that the mini-grants are to help schools as they continue to develop or expand mental health programs. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates resiliency, problem solving, coping skills and knowing how to handle stress are important factors when trying to prevent youth suicide.
Grant recipients included:
- Alliance High School – Expansion of Turbo’s Retreat, a resiliency room that gives students a relaxing, quiet place.
- Fairless Middle School – Building Resiliency in Future Stark County Leaders. This program focuses on older students participating in transition activities with younger students.
- Jackson Middle and High Schools – Student Advisory program, which is designed to foster student-adult and student-student relationships.
- Louisville Middle School – Be Kind, Be True, Just be YOU, which is a connectedness program and centers on a district-wide kindness initiative, “Upstanders Day.”
- North Canton Intermediate, Middle and High Schools – Embracing Resilience, a training program designed for staff and student leaders. It also includes community events such as the purchase of the film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.”
- Northwest High School – To expand the Show-Up Movement. This program increases school spirit, improves attendance, raises student recognition, enhances character ad increase connectedness.
- Perry High School – For The Boomerang Project, which focuses on helping freshman transition to high school and support them throughout the year .
- Sandy Valley Middle School – For the expansion and to buy equipment for the school’s Safe/Sensory Room.
To qualify, programs had to be youth led. Stark MHAR is accepting applications until March 18th for another round of mini grants. More information can be found at StarkMHAR.org under the Initiatives section.