mental health

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About two weeks ago, a group of about 50 community and tribal leaders, school administrators, and members of local nonprofits gathered at the Cortez Recreation Center to talk about how to prevent suicide and bullying in the community. They talked about current issues facing the community, and how to share resources and information between different groups to help decrease the factors that lead to bullying and suicide.

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A grassroots group in Cortez is organizing community leaders and citizens to address bullying and suicide prevention.


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According to Karen Finch, Elementary School counselor for the Dolores Schools, behavioral health issues “know no boundaries.” It can span between socioeconomic backgrounds, races, and genders. She says the Dolores Schools focus on raising protective factors and lowering risk factors to increase resilience in the community. KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Finch to learn more about what mental health problems can look like among elementary school students, how bullying plays a part, and what the community can do about it.

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At a recent mental health forum for the Dolores School District, counselors and psychologists from the schools and around the community talked about how to tackle mental health issues, especially among young people. There was a long discussion afterwards about how best to approach such subjects.

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The Sources of Strength program at Montezuma-Cortez High School aims to build an encouraging school community and counteract mental health issues with positive messages and events.

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