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Charlotte Talks: Addressing Mental Health Within Our Schools


Wedensday, March 28, 2018

On the next Charlotte Talks, the scarcity of mental health services for young people in schools has surfaced as a serious problem.  We hear from school psychologists from different systems about how they’re handling this. 

All of the school shootings in recent years were perpetrated by young people with mental health issues that either went unrecognized or untreated.  The statistics are startling.  75 to 80 percent of children in need of mental health services do not receive them but when they do, those services usually come from their schools. 

This means schools need policies and programs in place to address mental health issues including those that lead to suicide, the second leading cause of death among school-age children.  We sit down with a panel of school psychologists from several area districts to hear about what they’re doing to address these issues.


Melissa Reeves, associate professor Winthrop University, national certified school psychologist, and immediate past president, National Association of School Psychologists

Cyndi Shaw, school psychology specialist, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Amy Lowder, psychological services coordinator, Cabarrus County Schools

Jane Liotta, licensed professional counselor, Fort Mill Schools