Mental health remains on school leaders' minds post-Hurricane Michael

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Hurricane Michael may have been a traumatic experience for children. Some of those kids may have endured trauma before the storm.

That's why Bay District Schools is working to provide mental health services for its students.

Mental health was addressed during Wednesday morning's School Health Advisory Committee, or SHAC, meeting.

Kara Mulkusky, the Director of Student Services for Bay District Schools, said the district's focus is on grant money and training.

She said, "We have referrals at the schools and parents can make to our community of care system and that we're able to refer out to outside providers and agencies within our community."

Mulkusky said the first step for a parent if a child is in need of mental health care is to make an appointment with their school counselor.

The next step would be the counselor making arrangements for other services if necessary.

"We also continue to train our in-house, in-school professionals, like our school counselors, social works, psychologists, so that we have a team of experts that are able to see and recognize signs of trauma," Mulkusky said.

She said counselors can connect students with outside agencies in the community.