Discussion among Tennessee leaders on the correlation between student mental health and educational success

NashvilleHealth and the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) recently co-hosted an event at the state capital to address mental health and its impact on students’ educational outcomes. The symposium, which took place at Lipscomb University, brought together stakeholders from various communities, education, and mental health backgrounds to share innovative programs, best practices, and student-lived experiences. Over 200 leaders attended the event.

During the discussion, researchers from the Belmont Data Collaborative released new county-level data on mental well-being vulnerabilities in Tennessee. The research identified Lake and Haywood Counties in West Tennessee and Hancock County in East Tennessee as the three most vulnerable counties, with the most vulnerable zip codes located in Memphis and Chattanooga.

Senator Bill Frist, M.D., founder and board chairman of NashvilleHealth and SCORE, emphasized the importance of inspiring and connecting state and national organizations working on research and programs supporting positive student mental health. The goal is to highlight evidence-based work that could contribute to Tennessee programs and support students struggling with mental health challenges.

The event aims to encourage stakeholders to conduct 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.

By Aiden Johnson

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