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LCS offers student options for mental health help

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 17:57:09-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County School District reports more students are struggling with their mental health and they want to help.

"There's been an increase in depression and anxiety due to the isolation," said LCS Director of Mental Health Services and Support Tonja Fitzgerald.

There are a few different ways a student can seek help if they need it. Not only can they go to their guidance counselor but there are community partners as well. LCS just approved a new partnership with Railey and Associates this week.

Fitzgerald said with so many students enrolled in digital learning, LCS wants to make sure nobody gets left behind.

"I'm more concerned with the students that are at home. We don't see them every day as we would before," said Fitzgerald. "We haven't been able to establish in the same way as if they were face-to-face."

Parents like Angela Jordan agree programs like this can help during a time when students feel overwhelmed by change.

"[For my son] it was a lot of stress on him. Being that my granddaughter is a little younger she kind of moved with the flow for the most part but it is stressful for them, it is," said Jordan.

If you have a student that's struggling and wants outside help, click here.