It is the mission of Duval AWARE to develop and sustain an integrated, multi-tiered system of supports that promote the mental health of, and advance wellness and resilience of, students within family, educational and community settings.
Duval AWARE is committed to reducing risk and increasing mental health by:
Duval selected six schools to be initial targets for implementation with AWARE goals and activities. The six schools fall in one feeder pattern and include 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.The infrastructure for accessing mental health supports was also considered in the current schools selected. Four of the selected schools are Full Service Schools, however two of the selected schools are not Full Service Schools. The overall goal for choosing these six schools is to increase consistent access to mental health supports for students and their families within a multi-tiered system of support.The AWARE objectives and activities in target schools will be implemented by the Mental Health Support Specialists. The Mental Health Support Specialists will help to build upon current school 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.
- 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.
- Providing support to youth in crisis or with chronic mental health needs.