Mental health includes the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of our haumāna. It affects how we think, feel, act, handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. It is imperative that we care for the mental health of our haumāna in order for them to achieve balance, success, and happiness in life.
When haumāna shared a need for more adults on campus who are well-equipped to mālama their mental and emotional health, we responded by increasing our number of outreach counselors system wide.
Measures that have been taken to nurture our students’ mental health include:
Increase Support and Services
Enhanced outreach counselor support
Hiring five additional outreach counselors
All outreach counselors at an education site or program will report to one supervisor under Mālama Ola to ensure consistency of practice and comprehensive information-sharing and data-gathering
All outreach counselors trained on suicide ideation response protocol developed based on the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale
Supplemental Psychiatry Support
Contracted the UH Department of Psychiatry for consultant services to staff, crisis intervention with students, and to be accessible to provide ongoing care for families who choose this option
Tele-psychiatry being piloted with KS Maui
Proactive Assessments for early intervention
Depression screening using the Patient Health Questionnaire for Adolescents is occurring at KSM and KSK for students who visit the middle school or high school health rooms.
Implementing the Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS) in fall 2018 for students in grades seven, nine, and eleven. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s YRBSS monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults. Visit the CDC website for details.