2019 Fund-A-Need

Each year, as part of our Legacy Night celebration, the MAEF Board of Trustees selects an innovative educational proposal which has the potential to impact students of all ages. This year's Fund-A-Need donations will support Mahtomedi Public School's new Mental Wellness Initiative*. MAEF funds will support the school district's goal to improve mental wellness for ALL Mahtomedi students through:

  • Supporting wellness education speakers and programs for students and parents/guardians.

  • Providing mental health assessment training for school educators and staff.

  • Ensuring access to in-school, mental health counseling for all students by providing co-pay assistance to families with need.

With MAEF support, the District will educate students and families on how to prevent, identify, and manage mental health issues.

With MAEF support, the District will provide our educators and staff with training and skills to respond to emerging mental health needs that surface during a student's K-12 education.

With MAEF support, the District will offer mental health counseling by a licensed therapist in our school buildings for all students regardless of family income or health insurance, beginning in fall of 2019,.  

*More details about student/parent educational programs and teacher training will be provided after the District completes the strategic planning process this summer.


The MAEF Board of Trustees is proud to support this groundbreaking initiative to embrace mental wellness for all Mahtomedi students. 


What Your Support of this Year’s
Fund-A-Need Means

We know that our families face significant challenges when it comes to accessing mental health services and that mental health needs are impacting our students' ability to be successful in school. We hope to erase the negative stigma with regard to accessing mental health services, and educate and support our families.


The Vision of Mahtomedi’s
Mental Health Support System

District-wide mental health supports include a
continuum of services based on student need.

Wellness Education for All Students and Families:
Students may experience mental health related-issues at any point during their K-12 education. These supports prepare students to respond to those challenges.
2019-20 Vision: Support student mental health through skill-building, community education, and reducing barriers to access. Specifically, funding would go toward in-school and community awareness programs to help students and families prevent, identify, and manage mental health issues.

District Staff Training:
Students may be referred by a teacher for additional mental health support.
2019-20 Vision: Strengthen targeted interventions aimed at emerging mental health needs. Funding would go to help school staff learn how to better identify mental health issues and refer students for support services.

Mental Health Diagnosis:
Students may have a mental health diagnosis.
2019-20 Vision: Beginning in fall of 2019, students of all ages will have access to co-located mental health services in their building. Funding would go to support families in need: to pay co-pays or costs for under-insured.

What Mahtomedi Parents are saying:

Thank you for asking and considering these services. Mental health concerns are difficult to navigate, regardless of income or socio-economic status.
Finding appropriate providers is extremely difficult. In addition, trying to schedule appointments outside of school adds stress to an already-stressful situation. Another key reason is that my child’s symptoms tend to come and go.
Mental health services as well as mental health training for teachers and school staff is needed in the district.

Understanding Mahtomedi’s Mental Health Needs

*Based on 2019 Mental Health Survey of District Families

  • 80% of survey respondents said they would access mental health services if it was offered in our school buildings.

  • 40% of survey respondents indicated that their child has a mental health diagnosis.

  • Families indicated that they are not accessing mental health services because of waitlists, schedule, child refusal, and insurance issues.

  • Families indicated that they would be most interested in the following types of mental health services if offered during the school day: Anxiety (74%), Stress Management (56%), Calming Techniques (36%), Emotional Control (30%), Depression (29%), and Social Skills (25%). Other areas mentioned include grief, bullying, and divorce.