- Teaching social, behavioral, and emotional skills.
- Creating safe and nurturing environments that support well-being.
- Fostering resilience and increasing protective factors.
- Minimizing risk factors for internalizing and externalizing problems.
Duval piloted AWARE at six schools from 2015 through 2017. The six schools included one K8 school (Westview K8), two middle schools (JEB Stuart and Jeff Davis) and three elementary schools (Bayview, Jax Heights and Normandy Village) providing a unique opportunity to evaluate cumulative impact on students over time. Selection of these schools was based on review of many factors, including but not limited to; Underutilization of mental health services, discipline incidents, number of crisis calls from the schools and substantiated bullying cases.
Beginning with the 2018/2019 school year the AWARE mental health professional development and coaching will be available to all schools within the district. The Mental Health Support Specialists will help to build upon current district structures, establish partnerships, processes and procedures that will increase mental health awareness, as well as, identification and access for mental health supports within the district and in the community.