Upcoming Dartmouth Health educational series to address mental health crisis impacting students nationwide in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

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The chaotic nature of the last three years has been hard on everyone, but especially on kids and teenagers. Students are experiencing crisis levels of anxiety, depression, trauma, and suicidal ideation. Rooted in the COVID-19 pandemic and loss of in-person classes, school staff are also reporting delayed coping and socialization skills and insufficient backup from outside behavioral health counselors and facilities.

On October 18, Dartmouth Health will launch a virtual educational series to address this matter titled “Keeping Students Safe: Practical Strategies for Supporting Students in Mental Health Distress.” Part of the larger Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) program, this series aims to provide resources for the most urgent mental health issues facing school staff today, along with an opportunity for discussing de-identified situations and receiving peer support. The goals of this ECHO are based on needs identified by schools.

Planned sessions for this webinar series include:

  • October 18—Recognizing and responding to students at serious risk of harm
  • November 1—Understanding inpatient psychiatric hospitalization
  • November 15—Recognizing and responding to students in distress
  • November 29—Improving school partnerships with community mental health and primary care services
  • December 13—Partnering with parents

All five sessions will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Registration is required and free of charge. Register for this Project ECHO series.

Project ECHO is a program of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

This training is supported by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1.3 million with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit the HRSA website.

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Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 56 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, which includes Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital, and multiple clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Bennington and Windsor, VT; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.