Woodhaven-Brownstown School District Prioritizes Mental Health Through Partnership with Care Solace
WOODHAVEN, Mich. (Monday, May 16, 2022) – Woodhaven-Brownstown School District (WBSD) today announced a partnership with Care Solace, an online tool that connects district families and employees to mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers, free of charge. The partnership with Care Solace supplements additional mental health programs the district already offers to promote social and emotional support and care.
“Recent studies show middle and high school students are increasingly suffering from mental health challenges, and the pandemic has not helped improve feelings of loneliness and isolation,” said WBSD Superintendent Mark Greathead. “As a way to further support our students, their families, our teachers and our staff, we’ve partnered with leaders in the counseling space to bring resources to our district until at least 2025. Our hope is that this program will be successful and impactful for those who are looking for assistance.”
Care Solace can be accessed 24 hours per day, seven days per week and 365 days per year to quickly connect individuals to verified providers in the WBSD community. As part of the partnership, Care Solace provides the following key services:
Care Companions, a highly trained team of experts who navigate barriers to access mental health care and are available to serve students, staff and families 24/7/365.
Care Loop, a resource our school counselors were trained on to support connecting students, staff and families with a Care Companion to ensure families can connect to community-based services quickly, while receiving real-time student status updates.
Care Match, an anonymous and confidential self-service tool families can utilize on their own to seek out mental health providers while being able to leverage the Care Companions to reach out to providers on their behalf.
"The return to in-person learning and the lasting effects of loss and grief pose new challenges for staff and families in the 2021-22 school year," said Chad Castruita, Founder and CEO of Care Solace. "We are proud to support Woodhaven-Brownstown School District in prioritizing the wellbeing of its school community by providing timely access to mental health care and substance use treatment services.”
The announcement of the partnership with Care Solace is one of many services already in place at the district to support student mental health and social-emotional learning. Additional initiatives include a newly formed Pep Line with messages of hope and encouragement recorded by students, for students; a Zen room at Brownstown Middle School for students who need a moment to relax; and a Teen Task Force at Woodhaven High School that provides a safe space for students to discuss their mental health. The Teen Task Force operates every Tuesday and Thursday during all lunch periods. The group coordinates visits from therapy dogs and provides fun games, activities and snacks.
For more information on Woodhaven-Brownstown School District, or to enroll for the 2022-23 school year, please visit MyWBSD.org