Discussion among Tennessee leaders on the correlation between student mental health and educational success

NashvilleHealth and the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) co-hosted a symposium at Lipscomb University to discuss the impact of mental health on students’ educational outcomes. The event brought together over 200 community, education, and mental health leaders to share innovative programs, best practices, and student-lived experiences.

The discussion focused on research gaps in mental health services’ impact on state education outcomes, including the release of new county-level data on mental well-being vulnerabilities in Tennessee by the Belmont Data Collaborative. The research identified Lake and Haywood Counties in West Tennessee and Hancock County in East Tennessee as the three most vulnerable counties, with the most vulnerable zip codes in Memphis and Chattanooga.

Senator Bill Frist, M.D., founder and board chairman of NashvilleHealth and SCORE, emphasized the importance of inspiring and connecting state and national organizations working on research and programs supporting positive student mental health. The hope is to highlight evidence-based work that could contribute to Tennessee programs and support students struggling with mental health.

The symposium aimed to encourage stakeholders to conduct more research and find positive ways to support students facing mental health challenges. Information from the “Connecting the Dots: Mental Health and Student Success in Tennessee” symposium is available for further reading.

By Riley Johnson

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