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Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Failing First Line of Defense

October 18, 2016
Teachers are often the first adults students turn to when struggling with mental health, but educators are not adequately trained to address the crises. I love teaching writing; it’s where revelations happen, where children plumb the dark corners, nudge the...
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4 Mental Health Tools to Add to Your Back-to-School List

August 25, 2016
It’s the night before the first day of school. You’re a teacher and scrambling to make sure your classroom is stocked with the tools your students need to be successful this year: markers, rulers, flip charts, glue sticks—the list goes...
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Reality seeps in as Pinellas educators learn to spot mental health problems in students

August 5, 2016
The woman in a cozy teal knit sweater with matching Chuck Taylor sneakers faced the stranger next to her and asked a dark question. “Have you ever thought about killing yourself?” As she said it, Carmen Bender, a reading interventionist...
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Wauwatosa school program aims to eliminate mental illness stigma

October 28, 2015
When a high school athlete breaks his arm, he walks down the hallways with a cast and “everybody says it’s really cool,” said Fred Robinson, Tosa United coordinator for the Wauwatosa School District. Equally, when a classmate is home sick with...
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Rice County schools prepared to handle students’ mental health issues

October 3, 2015
The first full week of October marks the 25th annual Mental Illness Awareness week, and schools in Rice County are ready to help those who may be suffering. 10/03/2015 Link to Source
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School district adds positions to address mental health

September 2, 2015
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is one of three school districts in Alaska that have added positions at alternative schools using funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience...
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