Experts: Schools should be safe space for mental health discussion

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (Wood) – Experts say it’s important to take a proactive approach to mental health before a fatal accident like the Oxford High School shooting occurs.

Kristi Buck, executive director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, says young people need an environment in which they feel safe when facing their problems and one of those should be at school. Schools everywhere have encouraged the implementation of mental health training, saying it can make a huge difference.

“When we look at mental health in general, we’re going to be at the top of our priorities, so what do we have for our children’s schools to build resilience, to recognize and immediately notice changes in someone’s behavior?” Buck said.

You can learn more about West Michigan Mental Health Foundation programs online at

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