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Tennessee leaders discuss research linking student mental health and educational outcomes

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NASHVILLE (WMC) – The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and NashvilleHealth co-hosted an event in the state capitol on Wednesday highlighting the shared concern of mental health and its connection to students' educational outcomes.

The symposium, held Wednesday at Lipscomb University, provided a platform for stakeholders to share innovative programs, best practices and student experiences. More than 200 community, education and mental health leaders attended.

Dr.  Marquinta Harvey, assistant professor of epidemiology in the Public Health Program at...
Dr. Marquinta Harvey, assistant professor of epidemiology in Belmont University's Public Health Program, speaks at the “Connecting the Dots: Mental Health and Student Success in Tennessee” symposium held at Lipscomb University in Nashville on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.(SCORE/NashvilleHealth)

The discussion also highlighted research gaps regarding the impact of mental health services on state education outcomes and considered the Belmont Data Collaborative's release of new county-level data on mental wellness vulnerabilities in Tennessee.

According to this research, the three most at-risk counties in the state are Lake and Haywood counties in West Tennessee and Hancock County in East Tennessee. The state's most at-risk ZIP codes are in Memphis and Chattanooga.

"Connecting the Dots: Mental Health and Student Success in Tennessee Symposium at...
Symposium “Connecting the Dots: Mental Health and Student Success in Tennessee” at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Wednesday, April 3, 2024.(SCORE/NashvilleHealth)

“Today we hope to inspire and connect state and national organizations working on research and programs to support positive student mental health to highlight bright spots and highlight evidence-based work that could contribute to Tennessee programs,” said Senator Bill Frist, MD, founder and chairman, said NashvilleHealth and SCORE chairman.

SCORE and others at the event said they hope stakeholders will do more research and find positive ways to support students with mental health issues.

You can read “Connecting the Dots: Mental Health and Student Success in Tennessee” below:

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