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Idaho Educators Come Together To Address Mental Health Of Students, Teachers

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The pandemic has impacted us all in different ways. But a nearly universal impact has come to our mental health. For students and educators, the importance of tending to mental health needs in order to be able to learn and teach is critical. 

Earlier this week, Boise State University hosted a national summit on mental health, meant to help campus communities identify areas of need and direct people to resources for help. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the Idaho State Board of Education will host its own digital mental health summit.

Joining Idaho Matters to talk about this push are Boise State President Dr. Marlene Tromp, Chris Manley, school counselor at Boise’s Whittier Elementary and president-elect of the Idaho School Counselors Association, and Dr. Rick Pongratz, director of counseling and testing at Idaho State University in Pocatello.

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Troy Oppie reports and hosts local Weekend Edition and various Saturday programming for Boise State Public Radio News. He's also heard Saturday nights on Boise State Public Radio Music's Jazz Conversations.