Current Events

Below you will find information about current events and information from our monthly newsletter.

The WV ESMH Initiative exists so that every student in West Virginia can benefit from a school environment that supports social and emotional wellbeing to achieve his or her full potential. We hope these resources help accomplish that mission. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

"Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives and to celebrate recovery from mental illness. For more than 20 years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...

Ohio County Community Pulls Together After Flooding

Ohio County Community Pulls Together After Flooding

When Ohio County students returned from spring break this month, they were met with downpours that resulted in hazardous road conditions and flooding on April 2-4. Ultimately, the Ohio River crested at nearly 42 feet. Wheeling Island was nearly submerged. Schools were...

Olweus Bullying Prevention in WV

Olweus Bullying Prevention in WV

Bullying is a serious concern in West Virginia, and some schools are using evidence-based programs to reduce occurrences of bullying behavior. In 2021, over 22% of West Virginia's high school students reported they had been bullied at school in the previous 12 months,...

Adolescent Family Engagement – Apr 29

Adolescent Family Engagement – Apr 29

How Connecting with Adolescents Can Lead to Significant Outcomes Family engagement, once synonymous with elementary schools, is now recognized as essential for student success from the earliest years to graduation day. Adolescent family engagement has been shown to...