19% of students (aged 13-17) live with a diagnosable mental illness. Research out of the Black Dog Institute indicates positive outcomes for many that receive treatment, yet 75% do not access this treatment. There are a multitude of reasons for this, not the least of which is the challenge of identification, with only 50% being identified. Following that, connecting students to support can also be difficult. Closing this gap has the potential to save lives.
Whilst Skodel focuses on assessing and increasing wellbeing, which applies to 100% of the population, there are students interacting with our tools that require a clinical level of support. By encouraging and making it easier for students to speak about how they are feeling, we have helped identify at risk students. Our new feature aims to connect these students with clinical service providers in a timely manner.
How it will work
In the student dashboard, there will be a support icon. Students can click on this icon to surface relevant services that they can access. There will be an indication of availability for such services and their specialist areas, e.g. depression/anxiety or sexual or gender identity. Many provide 24/7 support. This is currently available for all jurisdictions in which Skodel operates.
Skodel will notify students but we also encourage schools to make students aware of this feature. Our suggested dialogue is below:
Teacher verbally informing their class
“When you complete your check-in you may notice a support icon in your dashboard. By clicking on this, it will surface relevant support lines that you can access. I’ll of course always do my best to be here if you want to talk but this is an added safety net or a different channel of support if you wish to speak to someone outside of the school.”
Senior leader emailing students
When you complete your Skodel check-in you may notice a support icon in your dashboard. By clicking on this, it will surface relevant support lines that you can access. We are all committed to your safety and will of course always do our best to be here if you want to talk but this is an added safety net or a different channel of support if you wish to speak to someone outside of the school.”
We always welcome and listen to feedback, so please feel free to email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org to send in your suggested features for improving wellbeing outcomes in schools.