Launched in 2013 at the University of Michigan, TRAILS — which stands for Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students — expanded into roughly 700 schools when it received $50 million in the 2023 fiscal year budget.
The group’s expansion leaves us with a lot of questions. How does TRAILS operate in Michigan schools? How has it changed over the last decade? And how has its expansion affected student behavior?
TRAILS founder and executive director Elizabeth Koschmann joined Detroit Today to discuss mental health care in schools.
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Elizabeth Koschmann is the founder and executive director at TRAILS — Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students — a University of Michigan program working to make effective mental health services accessible in all schools. She says people’s screens or substances are avoidant ways of coping with problems.
“I think all of us turn to quick-fix solutions when we have those really tough feelings, but those quick fixes often come with secondary harms,” says Koschmann.