Wood County Prevention Coalition Podcast

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Northwood Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Northwood Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

10/6/2016

In August, Northwood Local Schools became the first district in Wood County, and one of the first in Ohio, to train their entire school staff in youth mental health first aid. Northwood sent 115 staff members, including teachers, counselors, bus drivers, janitorial staff, and food service workers. In June of 2015, their administrative tea mattended training at the Wood County Educational Service Center, and by August 2015, that team was starting to plan training for all staff for the 2016-2017 school year. Three staff from the Wood County Educational Service Center partnered with seven instructors from around the state to complete the training.

In this podcast, we sit down with Northwood Superintendent Greg Clark and Northwood Prevention Specialist Bill Hamilton to talk about that training and its positive impact on the district.

One in five U.S. youth between the ages of 13 and 18 have a mental health disorder. The Youth Mental Health First Aid class uses a combination of lecture and interactive exercises to teach participants about common mental health disorders, ways to respond in non-crisis and crisis situations, and what to do and say if you suspect a youth is suicidal. This class is appropriate for any adult who has contact with young people between the ages of 12 and 18. In addition to providing basic information about mental health and ways to help youth, participants are rovided with contact information for local resources that can provide additional support. The program is available at no cost to Wood County schools and residents through Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resillience in Education) funding from SAMHSA.

The next training will be at the Wood County ESC on Oct. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register for this class, or to inquire about setting up a training, please contact Angela Patchen at apatchen@wcesc.org

Parental guidance is ENCOURAGED.

This podcast is intended for educational purposes only. The views expressed on the podcast are solely of the individuals, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Wood County Educational Service Center or the Wood County Prevention Coalition.

Music courtesy of Breaking Grace (www.breakinggrace.us). Featuring the songs What Do You Want and Heart So Cold, off of their album Redemption Road. Copyright 2014 by Breaking Grace. Used with permission.


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