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.
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.
Healthy activities, mental health, medical access, spirituality, generosity, mentors, positive friends, and family support. For Montezuma-Cortez High School students, those are eight possible sources of strength.