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School in Jupiter takes unique look at mental health

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School in Jupiter takes unique look at mental health (WPEC)

A new study shows kids and teens are thinking about suicide at an alarming rate.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the amount of kids seeking treatment for suicidal attempts and thoughts doubled between 2007 and 2015.

Tricia Frigo, a mother of four, says it’s never too early to talk about mental health.

“It’s so important to preserve their own view of themselves,” said Frigo, who has three kids at Turtle River Montessori in Jupiter.

The school starts addressing mental health for students at 18 months old.

“The kids don’t know what it would be like without it, but the parents value it because they know what’s going on in this world,” says Bubli Dandiya, founder of Turtle River Montessori.

Studies show that reality is a spike in suicidal thoughts among kids.

“They are struggling,” Dandiya said.

That’s why the school takes a different approach to mental health.

Bringing in a clinical psychologist, assigning teachers as advisers to small groups of students to talk about feeling and holding brain health seminars.

“It’s that part that I think other schools miss,” Frigo said.

They even have safe spaces in all of the classrooms that allow kids to research and recharge whenever they need a mental break.

“This is where it starts," Dandiya said. "If you don’t start this early, it’s going to affect the society."

The school’s brain health seminars are open to the entire community.

The next one is scheduled for May 2.

Those who are interested can RSVP with the school.

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