Staff Training To Support Mental Health Initiatives
In response to SB 7026 that has mandated sweeping changes in the readiness levels of our schools also carries a mandate for training all educational personnel that work with students to become Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) certified. The Panhandle Area Educational Consortium hosted the first of three regional "Train the Trainer" events that will certify school district personnel to return to their districts and carry out this new training.
Two Frankin County representatives were in attendance during this week-long training. Ms. Clark, Staffing Specialist and Ms. Ware, Elementary Guidance Counselor are now certified trainers for Youth Mental Health First Aid.
They will be training faculty, staff and parents here in Franklin County, but are certified to train anywhere in the US. The YMHFA program educates people about mental health disorders and equips them to apply "first aid" to support youth with a mental health concern in getting appropriate support and treatment. The education also helps to lessen the stigma that can often be associated with mental health concerns through education and increased understanding. It's about helping our youth and communities.
Meet Algee, the little koala bear. He is the mascot for the YMHFA program which originated out of Australia. His name is a mnemonic device for the programs 5-step action plan
- A: Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- L: Listen nonjudgmentally
- G: Give reassurance and information
- E: Encourage appropriate professional help
- E: Encourage self-help and other support strategies
The Franklin County School District has launched an anonymous tip line where anyone can call or text in concerns. You can access the tip line from our website, mobile app or by calling 850.999.5624. All tips are anonymous and are to sent to school/district administrators.