School districts react to new mental health mandate

HENDRY COUNTY — On July 17, the State Board of Education voted to require every Florida public school to provide students in grades 6-12 at least five hours of mental health instruction. Education officials at the Florida Department of Education first proposed the change in June following a meeting with Florida’s first lady, Casey DeSantis, […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

“July 2, 2014 was my day. That was the day I was going to kill myself,” said Leah Suarez. “It’s difficult to stand up and say that,” she told the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners at its May 9 meeting. She shared her own story because she wants our community to understand how important mental […]