INCREASE STUDENT SAFETY

Predictive Capability:

The predictive capability of our screening tools is unique to Healthy Minds, Safe Schools, and identifies students who are at most risk to their own safety, as well as the safety of others. There are a variety of ways that student safety can be endangered. Examples of safety risk to self includes cutting, reckless behavior, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts. Examples of safety risks to others includes school shootings, sex trafficking, and student violence.

Increase School Safety with Predictive Screening Tools

A Teen Contemplates Suicide

Suicidal Ideation and Attempts:

Isolation and corresponding fear, anxiety, and stress can affect even the most mentally well students. Students who were struggling with their emotional condition pre- pandemic are more susceptible to significant mental health issues during and post- pandemic. Our SEB Risk Scales are sensitive enough to pick up on which students may be most at-risk for suicidal ideation and attempts, regardless of their education environment: in-person, hybrid, or distance learning. Once identified, school teams can provide rapid and comprehensive intervention with these highly vulnerable students.

School Shootings:

There are certain red flags for school teams to look out for when a student is on a path to attack. As researched by the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education (Fein, Vossekuil, Pollack, Borum, Modzeleski, & Reddy, 2004; Vossekuil, Fein, Reddy, Borum, & Modzeleski, 2004) there were consistencies between perpetrators of mass school violence and warning signs that should be monitored, communicated, and acted upon. Our program directly aligns with these signs and helps empower teams to identify and intervene on these issues before they can be acted upon.

Child Weeping After a School Shooting

Child Victim of Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking:

School safety is a team effort and watchful, caring educators must always be on alert. The phenomena of sex trafficking and the practice of luring children away from school campuses and prostituting them for financial gain is increasing. School officials need to monitor evidence of odd patterns of attendance, students returning to school with inappropriate or expensive clothing, signs of abuse, and sexualized behavior to identify warning signs of sex trafficking. With our smart team approach to school safety, teams are poised to identify when these behaviors are occurring and what intervention steps they must take.