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

Mental Health Matters: Tennessee Community Gathers to Discuss Impact on Educational Outcomes in Symposium

The Tennessee community gathered at Lipscomb University to discuss the impact of mental health on students’ educational outcomes during a symposium co-hosted by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and NashvilleHealth. Over 200 community, education, and mental health leaders attended the event, which focused on research gaps in mental health services’ effects on state education outcomes.

The symposium also featured the release of new county-level data on mental well-being vulnerabilities in Tennessee by the Belmont Data Collaborative. The study identified Lake and Haywood Counties in West Tennessee and Hancock County in East Tennessee as the three most vulnerable counties, with Memphis and Chattanooga having the most vulnerable zip codes.

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 hope is to highlight evidence-based work that could contribute to Tennessee programs and support students struggling with mental health issues.

The symposium 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” event is available for further reading.

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