Leaders gather to discuss mental health counseling in schools

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Community members and leaders from a local group called Women in Leadership gathered Wednesday at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire to discuss the benefits of having an on-site mental health counselor in schools.

“Mental health is one of those secret diseases that a lot of people have and struggle with,” said Mackenzie Adams of Chippewa Falls.

The event was organized by the HSHS Sacred Heart Foundation.

Speakers say having mental health counselors in schools eliminates barriers for students and parents such as transportation to appointments, rearranging work schedules, and financial barriers for private counseling sessions.

“To be able to meet them confidentially in school really goes a long way in terms of making sure they’re getting consistent treatment,” said Pam Kraus, mental health counselor at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital.

Organizers say if this program gets support and funding from the community, it will be used for the Eau Claire area and Chippewa Falls school districts.

For more details on the foundation or to donate, call 715-717-4925, or click here.

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