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Mental Health and Well-being

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Mental health refers to the emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, physical and relational thriving of individuals and systems.

ODE believes that mental health is centered within a continuum of care that meets each person’s needs for physical and emotional safety, security, social connection, identity, diversity and purpose.

ODE has a number of mental and behavioral health-focused initiatives that focus on the prevention, intervention and response to the mental health needs of school communities. These include:

  • Mental Health Toolkit
  • An Integrated Model for Mental and Emotional Health
  • Mental Health Guidance & Resources
  • Strengthening Mental Health in Education Initiatives
  • Suicide Prevention (Adi's Act)
  • School Safety & Prevention System (SSPS)
  • Every Student Belongs


  • B. Grace Bullock, Ph.D. - Senior Mental Health Officer, Office of the Director
  • Beth Wigham, Ed.D. - CCR/School Counseling Programs Education Specialist, Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
  • Spencer Delbridge, Ph.D. - Student Safety Program Coordinator, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Kara Nystrom Boulahanis, Ph.D. - Community Engagement & Wellness Specialist, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Yostina Meikhail - Community Wellness Advocate, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Arden Robinette - Administrative Specialist, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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