City of Hackett officials are joining forces with school administrators and community leaders to form a committee aimed at addressing mental health issues within the community.
Chief Spells stated “We’re going on the offensive when it comes to mental health. We’re going to pull in resources from every direction to get these kids the help they need”.
The committee is composed of Chief Spells, educators, counselors, pastors, mental health professionals, student representatives, and juvenile services. The first committee meeting was held on Tuesday, March 5 and members laid t
According to Spells, each member has access to valuable resources that could be utilized. “You’ve got a member on the committee who has lost a child to suicide as well as myself. I was recently named to the Harbor House board who is a tremendous asset when it comes to getting training down here and I’m going to take advantage of it.” Spells added that school counselor Sharon Welch and former counselor and current faculty member Vickie Webb have also done a great job in using their
Community members are encouraged to come be a part of the program, The Safe Talk. This program will be held Monday, March 11 at Hackett Fire Center from
The committee also discussed the possibility of a location for kids to go after school that
This is an opportunity for parents, guardians and all community members to come
“What I see is a group of community members and educators who care deeply about these kids. Principal Freeman gave one of the most powerful speeches I have ever heard the other day to the students. It was powerful because it focused on loving one another. That’s how we’re going to address this is through getting the resources here and loving one another,” concluded Spells.