In Nashville, the State Collaborative for Education Reform (SCORE) and NashvilleHealth co-hosted an event that addressed mental health and its impact on student educational outcomes. The symposium, held at Lipscomb University, provided a platform for stakeholders to share innovative programs, best practices and student experiences. Over 200 community, education and mental health leaders attended the event.

The discussion focused on gaps in research on the impact of mental health services on state education outcomes and included the release of new district-level data on mental health vulnerability in Tennessee by the Belmont Data Collaborative. The survey identified Lake and Haywood counties in West Tennessee and Hancock County in East Tennessee as the three most at-risk counties, with the most at-risk zip codes in Memphis and Chattanooga.

Senator Bill Frist, MD, founder and board chair of NashvilleHealth and SCORE, emphasized the importance of inspiring and connecting state and national organizations working on research and programs that support positive student mental health. We hope to highlight evidence-based work that could contribute to programs in Tennessee and support students struggling with mental health.

The event aims to encourage stakeholders to do more research and find positive ways to support students facing mental health challenges. Information from the “Connecting the Dots: Mental Health and Student Success in Tennessee” symposium is available for further reading.

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