Mental health drives held at Valley high schools to educate families

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Whether you’re adjusting to working from home and socializing at a distance because of a national pandemic or feeling the impacts of the Creek fire, it’s important to know you’re not alone.

“This is a very significant time of stress for all of us,” says Fresno County Director of Behavioral Health Dawan Utecht

A recent study conducted by the CDC shows that nationwide, 63% of young adults have experienced increased anxiety or depression related to COVID.

One in four have either started or increased use of substance and one in four have considered suicide or have had suicidal thoughts.

“They are experiencing both social isolation as well as the impact of the uncertainty of their future,” Utecht said.

Utecht says their team is partnering

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Halls High School will move online for 10 days, community leaders respond

Students are set to return to in-person instruction on Monday, October 5.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn — As Halls High School announces it will move to online learning for 10 days beginning Monday September 21, community gave insight into why that decision was made. 

In a press conference on Friday, KCS Superintendent Bob Thomas said the number of students quarantined, or student absence rate, was the primary metric used in making the decision to go online. 

“The trend has been over the last several days that that number has increased rather significantly,” Thomas said. 

Thomas said the surge in quarantined students could not be traced to one specific event. 

 Dr. Martha Buchanan, director of the Knox County Health Department, said this lack of specification in where the surge came from led the school officials to recommend the switch to online learning. 

“It was scattered throughout the school,” Buchanan said. 

Officials are not

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