Principal Encourages Heads Up Checkup District-Wide Screening
Anaheim Hills, California – November, 2020 – Heads Up Checkup (HUCU), a Mental Health and Behavioral Risk Screening company has completed three school-wide screenings at Santiago Charter Middle School in Orange County, California. During these screenings, students suffering mental health crises have been identified – some with suicidal ideation, some in abusive situations with nowhere to turn. Santiago's principal, Dr. Jim D'Agostino, knows that lives have been changed for the better, and in some cases, lives have been saved – by proactively screening for mental health and behavioral risk. In this video, Dr. D'Agostino encourages the school board to consider district-wide universal mental health screening as a preventative measure.
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Now is the time – school-wide mental health screening could save lives on your campus.
Heads Up Checkup Completes Third School-Wide Screening of Students at Santiago Charter Middle School