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Many of our students lack resiliency, unable to persevere when things get difficult or recover from setbacks. The fear of failure is real and with "helicopter" (or as I like to call it in the northeast, "snowplow") parenting styles becoming the norm, the high percentage of students affected by trauma, or the amount of anxious kids in the classroom, youth just aren't taking risks like they used to.
Mental health training is typically not included in most formal teacher preparation programs, even though mental health challenges can negatively impact a student’s ability to learn. With an estimated one in five of the 50 million U.S. public school students showing signs of a mental health disorder, it is imperative to provide educators with training about trends and warning signs. As children spend much of their days in the classroom, schools have become the place where they are most likely to receive mental health interventions. In order for teachers to give effective academic guidance for students, they need to feel empowered in their crucial role on the front line of the mental health continuum. This workshop, facilitated by veteran school mental health personnel, offers basic mental health first aid information to increase a teacher’s ability to recognize and identify emerging problems. Opportunities to strengthen communication/collaboration with families, school professionals, and outside resource agencies will also be explored.