Teaching our youth often goes beyond the typical education most of us think of. It can also involve mental health education, and staff at U-E are learning more and more about that aspect. U-E staff across the district have the opportunity to participate in Youth Mental Health First Aid training where they learn how to identify, understand and respond to a mental health problem or crisis.
This eight-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
Staff role played various scenarios involving a student in a crisis. They discussed what to do, how to approach students and what may or may not work in various situations. U-E staff are dedicated to all aspects of education and being aware of our students' mental health is an important piece of learning and teaching.
U-E staff interested in taking this course can contact UEHS social workers, Beth Burke and/or Georgia Wimberly via email.