CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The recently passed state House Bill 18 aims to address mental health issues in our school systems, for both students and teachers. For teachers, this means helping them know how to spot a student who might be struggling with mental health issues, ultimately working to reduce the stigma associated with them.
Student and family advocates from CISD share what the school district is doing when it comes to mental health first aid.
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches people how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
The 8-hour long training gives adults who work with the youth skills to reach out and provide support to adolescents who may be developing a mental health or substance abuse problem.
Who should take the course?
- School staff
- Camp counselors
- Youth group leaders
- People who work with youth
ALGEE Action Plan:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen non-judgementally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
To find a course or contact information visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.