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Iowa School Mental Health Awards
2023 Iowa School Mental Health Awards

The 2024 Iowa School Mental Health Awards program celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions to cultivating a positive mental health culture within an Iowa PreK-12 school, district, or AEA.

1. Iowa School Mental Health Hero

This award honors an educator, school staff member, or practitioner for their defining contribution to school mental health in Iowa.

This individual has demonstrated exemplary leadership and commitment to expanding, promoting, and strengthening mental health and wellness supports within their school, district, or organization resulting in positive outcomes. The recipient of this award has been instrumental in helping students, educators, and/or school staff reach a heightened level of well-being (e.g., physical, mental, spiritual, and behavioral).

To qualify for this award, nominees must be employed by one of Iowa’s PreK-12 schools, school districts, or AEAs during the 2023-24 school year.

2. Mental Health Influencer of the Year Student Award

This award tributes a visionary youth leader who lends their voice and talents to advancing mental health awareness and initiatives. This student’s efforts have influenced decision-makers or policymakers to expand mental health supports within their school, district, region, or state.

To qualify for this award, nominees must be enrolled in one of Iowa’s PreK-12 schools during the 2023-24 school year.

Award Information

Nominate

Nominations for the 2024 awards cycle will be accepted from February 19 – March 31, 2024.

Winners Wall
Michelle Edwards
Michelle Edwards
Secondary School Counselor, Cardinal Community School District
2023 Iowa School Mental Health Hero
Rylee Lueken
Rylee Lueken
2023 Prairie High School graduate
2023 Mental Health Influencer of the Year Student Award
Sue Gehling
Sue Gehling
Owner, Classroom Clinic
2022 Iowa School Mental Health Hero
Abbey Schley
Abbey Schley
Founder, I’m Glad You Stayed Project
2022 Mental Health Influencer of the Year Student Award
Laura Greiner
Laura Greiner
Psychologist, Boys State Training School
2022 School Wellness Warrior