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"My staff (at Sioux Trail Elementary) have been sharing about Headway's training sessions. Teachers come back from the trainings excited to try new strategies and they have new understanding regarding mental health issues. This is making a difference in their classrooms and helping them relate to students when they are struggling."

-Shannon McParland, Principal, Sioux Trail Elementary

Headway Minute

May 31, 2012

Students Benefit from Emotional Health Services in School

Memorial Day weekend marks that time of year when school winds down for students in grades K-12. During the 2011-12 school year, Headway Emotional Health Services provided critical support to over a thousand students in more than 35 schools in the Twin Cities area.

Stories of Progress

Here are a few of the many powerful stories that help demonstrate the progress students have made and are making, with the support of their families, teachers, schools, and Headway staff:

Polly, a fourth-grader, was referred to the therapist at her school because she was having difficulty in class. After a few visits, Polly disclosed that she had experienced abuse. The therapist is working with her to support and guide her through therapy. Her anxiety and general fearfulness has decreased. She is making steady improvements in her behavior and social interactions at school as well as at home.

Gerald was not attending classes and was failing in school. When Headway's truancy case manager began working with Gerald, she recognized that he was suffering from depression due to the death of his parent. With the help of his Headway case manager, Gerald was able to address his feelings and learn positive coping skills around his loss. He has since graduated from high school and is enrolling in vocational school to help him with his career.

Steven, a second-grader, suffered from debilitating anxiety. He was unable to face new school assignments without emotionally melting down. Working with his school based therapist, he was able to learn relaxation strategies and coping skills. He is now able to cope with his class work, and is successful in the classroom. He feels better about himself, his teacher is pleased with his progress, and his parents are relieved that he is successful in school.

Irene, an 18-year-old student, sought help from the therapist in her school when she became pregnant. During her therapy, she made significant changes in her peer group, stopped using drugs and alcohol, and is doing much better in school. Making these important changes has set her on a new and positive path to support herself and her baby.

Parents Speak about Headway

In addition to these success stories, we also hear directly from parents of children in our programs:

"My daughter's time with Headway has been a long and successful journey. We have seen changes for the best for our daughter. She was able to receive good grades, which never happened in the past. She was able to exercise leadership by being a role model for new students that came into the Day Treatment program. In addition, we have seen more positive emotions from her along with more conversation. So we would personally like to thank you and your staff and the teachers for their part in our daughter's success!"

"The Headway therapist has been a blessing and I want my kids to continue with her during the summer and have her back next school year. My kids have developed a relationship with her and I strongly believe she has helped them make good progress."

"My Headway provider was AWESOME to work with. I would like to see them offer Parent Support groups in the future."

We Can HelpMeeting the emotional health needs of students in their schools is one of the many ways that Headway partners with organizations to positively impact lives. Headway is grateful to the students, families and school staff with whom we have worked this year.

There are few things more powerful that seeing students create and sustain positive changes in their life.

Pat Dale, CEO
Headway Emotional Health Services

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