We employ early detection tools for mental health wellness and provide support to meet the psychological and emotional needs of our haumāna.
KS is committed to supporting the mental health of our students through various educational forums such as Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training, which is offered to school administrators, staff and other support functions. The training is designed to ensure all employees and contractors have the tools to recognize unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
KS offers Suicide Prevention 101 to our educators across the enterprise. Suicide Prevention 101 is a basic yet foundational presentation that introduces audiences to the major suicide prevention concepts and skills.
Mental and behavioral health support is an important element of our Multi-Tiered System of Support framework and is available for all haumāna with greater needs through our certified and licensed Behavioral Health Specialists (BHS). Behavioral Health offers a variety of services such as crisis risk assessments, depression risk screenings, mental health counseling and training/education for staff and students.
Students can access behavioral health services by contacting a BHS directly. They can also be referred by kumu, school counselors, administrators, friends, and ‘ohana. Nurses may also refer students and perform regular depression screening in the middle school and high school health rooms.
Students in crisis are assessed and screened by Behavioral Health Specialists for safety using clinically recognized tools that evaluate thinking, learning and behavior. If there are safety concerns, a student may be evaluated by our KS contracted Psychiatrist or sent to the ER. Parents are always contacted if Behavioral Health staff have a safety concern after assessing their child.