Charleston Hope, a local organization that offers support and resources to students in Title I schools, is launching a new mental health initiative.

“Through our work in these schools, we have seen the need for mental health support for our students skyrocket in recent years,” said program and operations manager Kendall Biga.

Charleston Hope’s new school-based Mental Health Program includes access to individual or group therapy by a licensed professional counselor, weekly activities to promote mental and physical health, an advocacy team, guardian support and support referrals.

Providing mental health services in high-poverty schools increases students’ access to vital resources, helps destigmatize conversations around mental health and eliminates the barrier of transportation.

“There are a lot of mental health programs out there, but ours is specifically designed to supplement the efforts that already exist in our partnered schools to be able to serve even more students,” Biga said. “Our Mental Health Initiative is unique in that we address the root cause of trauma and provide body-based and cognitive approaches to work through trauma.”

The nonprofit plans to launch the pilot program at Mitchell Elementary in August.

Charleston Hope aims to raise $20,000 for the initiative by May 24. If you’re interested in supporting the nonprofit’s efforts to kickstart the program, you can donate here.

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