Mobile health unit to visit local high schools

SHEFFIELD — The arrival of a new mobile health unit at two regional high schools this fall will mark the start of free services offered to teens as part of a coordinated care effort.

The idea behind bringing the van, owned by Community Health Programs, to Monument Mountain Regional High School and Mount Everett Regional School this year is to provide a more direct impact on students who may benefit from health services they may not receive otherwise.

Chris Tucci, deputy director of Railroad Street Youth Project, presented some alarming statistics to the Southern Berkshire Regional School District school committee at its Aug. 22 meeting, setting up the need for the proposed teen health van.

More than half of high school seniors in Berkshire County are reporting symptoms of depression, according to RSYP’s bi-annual survey given to teens across the county.

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