Students receive support on campus. Credit: Photograph courtesy Communities in Schools of Houston.

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By Gregory Stevenson

Communities In Schools of Houston, an educational nonprofit, celebrates this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month in May, part of a national campaign by Mental Health America around the theme “Look Around, Look Within.” MHA’s mission is to promote mental health and prevent mental illness through advocacy, education, research and services. In May, CIS team members will be raising awareness across campuses about the importance of good mental health, including coordinated activities.

For the past 43 years, supporting students’ mental health and well-being has been at the core of what CIS does. CIS of Houston, which continues to celebrate 10 years since the launch of its Mental Health Initiative, is the largest provider of mental health services for schools in the Harris County area.

With the MHI, CIS has been able to implement targeted efforts to collectively address the growing mental health needs on CIS campuses.

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