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More than 200 kindergarten through twelfth-grade teachers, counselors and administrators attended a "Mental Health First Aid" training session in Missouri.
The eight-hour session was designed to teach them how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.
Managed by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and the Missouri Department of Mental Health, along with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the course is meant to give educators the tools needed to help become a first line of defense in helping children with mental illness issues. The class was so popular that another has been scheduled to accommodate the interest.
The first half of the course defined mental health itself and then discussed the signs and symptoms associated with common mental health problems that would be encountered in a K-12 school environment. Risk factors were discussed, and then the second half of the course focused on responding to potential issues.
The basic action plan for the Mental Health First Aid program is:
The classes were conducted by mental health professionals and educators from the sponsoring entities.
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