Roanoke City Schools is taking a proactive approach to addressing mental health issues by partnering with Hazel Health to provide virtual mental healthcare services to students at no cost. Superintendent Verletta White believes that everyone needs support at times and recognizes the importance of addressing the emotional, social, and psychological well-being of students in order to improve their school performance and attendance.
The program provides students with access to licensed therapists who can help them deal with trauma-related issues, regardless of the type of trauma they have experienced. It also offers services in multiple languages, ensuring that a diverse student population in Roanoke City can access the help they need.
Since its launch, 18 students from 12 different schools have utilized the program. The school officials are also working to add physical telehealth services through Hazel Health in the near future. White’s overall goal is to promote wholeness and wellness for all students, regardless of their background or circumstances.