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Volusia Schools To Create ‘Mental Health Response Teams’

Volusia County Schools is looking to hire qualified school counselors, licensed mental health providers, social workers and school psychologists. This comes after the state gave school districts funds to beef up security and to expand mental health resources following the Parkland mass shooting.
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The front entrance to the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus counseling center. / Photo: Daylina Miller, WUSF

Rising Demand For Counseling On Florida’s Campuses

Almost 25,000 college students across Florida needed mental health services last year. But on some campuses, students are forced to wait weeks for help. Florida lawmakers don’t argue the need, but neither the House nor the Senate have set aside money this session specifically for mental health funding at the twelve state universities.
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Former WFTV anchor Mark Joyella spoke about his struggle to come out as a journalist with a mental illness. (ORANGE COUNTY PHOTO)

On The Media’s Role Covering Mental Health Issues

Orange County officials held a panel Wednesday looking at the media’s role in covering mental health issues. While many of the topics discussed are well-known in certain circles, some of these may surprise the average reader. So I’ve put together six things that stood out on the issue.
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