A recent survey found 41% of Montana high school students self-reported symptoms of depression over the last year. One possible solution is a pilot project conducted by the Rural Behavioral Health Institute. It provides a six-and-a-half minute mental health screening completed by students. The results of the screening go to a designated school staff member who can connect the student with resources on the same day. If the school doesn’t have a contracted therapist the nonprofit provides one, oftentimes remotely from Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena.
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