Student ACES works to help students get through mental health crises

Posted 4/26/22

Beginning on July 18, 2022, a new resource becomes available for those experiencing mental health crisis.

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Student ACES works to help students get through mental health crises

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Student ACES is a 501c3 organization with the mission to inspire and develop high school student athletes to become men and women of character, honor and integrity through character education programs
Student ACES is a 501c3 organization with the mission to inspire and develop high school student athletes to become men and women of character, honor …
PALM BEACH COUNTY – Beginning on July 18, 2022, a new resource becomes available for those experiencing mental health crisis. Similar to dialing 911 to reach emergency medical services or 211 to learn about resources available in the community where you live, 988 will be the number to call, chat or text for help with mental health issues. Anyone who utilizes the number will be connected to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, where trained counselors will provide support and connect them to resources to assist with mental or behavioral health issues.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there was one death by suicide every 11 minutes in the United States in 2020, and suicide is the leading cause of death in those age 10-34.

Believing our nation’s youth are among those most susceptible to anxiety, fear and depression, Student ACES, a south Florida-based 501c3 organization with the mission to inspire and develop high school student athletes to become men and women of character, honor and integrity through character education programs, is working to combat this.

Along with her father, Krissy Webb founded Student ACES to help prepare the leaders of tomorrow.
Along with her father, Krissy Webb founded Student ACES to help prepare the leaders of tomorrow.

Krissy Webb, Executive Director of Student ACES, was trained as an instructor in mental health first aid, a national program aimed at supporting individuals suffering with mental health challenges until appropriate professional help arrives.

Buck Martinez and his daughter Krissy Webb came up with the idea to create Student ACES after a discussion about what the leaders of tomorrow are being taught.
Buck Martinez and his daughter Krissy Webb came up with the idea to create Student ACES after a discussion about what the leaders of tomorrow are …
Webb and her father, Buck Martinez, started Student ACES in 2013 after a conversation about what was being taught to high school students now to prepare them to be future leaders of our country. Webb asked her father, “Who will my kids look up to?” The two believe every student deserves access to character education in order to help them succeed and together came up with the plan to begin Student ACES with the goal of instilling values into the next generation of leaders and role models. “It all boils down to teaching character education to high school student athletes,” said Webb. “We do this all-over South Florida.”

She went on to explain ACES attempts to teach students how to deal with things they see coming up regularly. One of the issues they noticed was becoming more and more of a problem was mental health. “Students were struggling with anxiety and depression and not knowing how to handle failure.” After some investigation, they found mental health first aid. “It’s just like CPR but for mental health,” Webb said. “It’s an eight-hour training.” Webb completed the course herself and then brought everything she learned back to students in South Florida.

Student ACES participate in Heroes vs Hotshots.
Student ACES participate in Heroes vs Hotshots.
As of April 2022, 55 students on high school campuses throughout South Florida have been trained in the program and are able to support fellow students experiencing a crisis until help arrives. “They are the first responders on their campuses.” In addition, many of the skills Webb was taught were woven into the curriculum they use at the centers.

"Grandma" Pat Luma helps students with life skills such as sewing and cooking and is a beloved icon at the Student ACES Center in Belle Glade.
"Grandma" Pat Luma helps students with life skills such as sewing and cooking and is a beloved icon at the Student ACES Center in Belle Glade.
According to their website, “Students who participate in ACE programs improve in all aspects of their lives.  Preliminary data is showing increases in grades, nutrition, health, post high school advancement, securing funding for higher education, employment, entrepreneurial endeavors, improved mental health, and higher rates of resilience and hope.”

The Student ACES Center is Belle Glade is open from 2-7 p.m. and serves students from Belle Glade, Pahokee and Clewiston.
The Student ACES Center is Belle Glade is open from 2-7 p.m. and serves students from Belle Glade, Pahokee and Clewiston.
All Student ACES programs are completely free to the students.

In order to apply to join the Student ACES Center, students must

  • be in enrolled at Glades Central, Pahokee, Everglades Prep, Glades Day, FLVS or Palm Beach State College or a local middle school.
  • Complete the proper interview & registration procedure.

Although the main focus of Student ACES is athletes, the Student ACES Center does not require participants to be athletes.
Although the main focus of Student ACES is athletes, the Student ACES Center does not require participants to be athletes.
The Student ACES Center is open after school from 2-7 p.m. each day. It is located at 915 S. Main Street and is utilized by students in both middle and high school from Clewiston, Belle Glade and Pahokee. The phone number is 561-463-7110. You can also go to https://studentacesforleadership.com/for more information. The student does not have to be an athlete to attend Student ACES Center, and transportation is provided from the campuses.

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