Concordia Lutheran High School announced in an Aug. 26 news release receiving a grant from the Tomball Regional Health Foundation focused on improving adolescent mental health.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the grant amount.
Concordia Lutheran High School, a private school enrolling grades 9-12 in Tomball, received a grant of $25,791 from the Tomball Regional Health Foundation toward mental health initiatives for students, staff, parents and guardians, and community members, the school announced in a news release Aug. 26.
"We're thrilled to receive this grant from Tomball Regional Health Foundation as it will allow us to continue to provide teen mental health education and training for our faculty and staff as well as bring awareness and coping strategies to our students, parents and our community through professionals who will come to Concordia to address specific teen mental health topics," Principal Julie Kangas said in the release.
Grant funds go to enhance and improve Concordia's mental health initiatives and e-cigarette prevention initiatives, according to the release. Concordia plans to further education and support programs provided to CLHS staff and students and host community presentations and workshops led by mental health professionals. The workshops will address suicide awareness and social media issues among teens, according to the release.
Additionally, to address the use of e-cigarettes—or vaping—CLHS has implemented an anti-vaping education campaign and installed technology to detect vaping, smoke and noise disturbances within the school's restrooms to deter harmful and dangerous behavior, according to the release.
"This grant will also allow us to deter and hopefully stop teen vaping among our students with the addition of vape detection devices installed on campus," Kangas said in the release.
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