At Burton School District our goal is to create an environment where mental health issues are recognized and support is offered. Learning about early warning signs, and taking action can help parents take the steps necessary to help their children get the help they need.
A group of our parents completed the Youth Mental Health First Aid training on September 28th, an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to recognize:
Unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents
Builds understanding of the importance of early intervention
Teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professionals.
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders and substance use disorder.
School & Home
Remember: open lines of communication between home and school should exist where parents are able to share their concerns about their children and collaborate with teachers to address them.
Thank you Tulare County Office of Education Mental Health Triage Grant for facilitating this training for our parents.