Youth Mental Health and Prevention Workshops Now Available for Educators

 

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Contact: Traci Patterson
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Mental Health America of Greater Houston Announces Children’s Mental Health and Youth Suicide Prevention Workshops for Educators

Houston, TX (January 28, 2016) — The School Behavioral Health Initiative at Mental Health America of Greater Houston today announced three new workshops for educators and individuals that work closely with youth in the Greater Houston area to improve their mental health literacy.

Research shows that half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14. Youth with mental and behavioral health issues may experience challenges such as academic underachievement, criminal justice involvement and even suicide. Based on research and best practices, these lively, interactive workshops make it easy for teachers and support staff to fulfill state training mandates and feel more confident in identifying signs and symptoms of behavioral health concerns and helping students access help.

“We are very excited to offer these workshops to the community’s school and youth-serving professionals,” said Susan Fordice, MHA Houston President and CEO. “These courses will equip individuals with practical skills that can dramatically improve someone’s life for the better.”

The courses include:
Youth Mental Health First Aid - Educators are far more likely to encounter a student experiencing a mental health crisis than any other emergency situation.  Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to help educators understand signs and symptoms of emerging mental health issues and how to connect students experiencing a mental health crisis with appropriate care.  This 8-hour nationally recognized, evidence-based course certifies participants in Mental Health First Aid for 3 years.

Are the Kids All Right? Mental Health in Children - Through activities, role play, video and demonstrations participants learn about signs and symptoms of student behavioral health concerns; how trauma affects learning and what to do about it; and how to appropriately respond to young people experiencing mental health issues. This two-hour workshop can be conducted in either a small or large group setting and requires internet access. 

Youth Suicide Prevention Training - Based on three SAMHSA Nationally Recognized Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) youth suicide prevention programs, this training uses video, discussion and role play to enable participants to feel comfortable in identifying signs and symptoms of potential youth suicide and how to assist a student who may be suicidal. This two-hour workshop can be conducted in either a small or large group setting and requires internet access.

To schedule a workshop, contact the School Behavioral Health Manager, Janet Pozmantier, via email at sbhmanager@mhahouston.org or visit www.mhahouston.org/events .

 

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About the School Behavioral Health Initiative

The School Behavioral Health Initiative (SBHI) at Mental Health America of Greater Houston is a collaborative of school district administrators, behavioral health providers, child-serving and education-related agencies, and parents dedicated to improving the prevention, identification, and treatment of behavioral health issues among students.  The SBHI provides networking, learning communities, legislative advocacy, and funding to assist school districts in building a continuum of strong behavioral health services for their students.