Congratulations to our new Mental Health First Aiders!

The Pendleton Community Library is doing great things, and one of them is offering Mental Health First Aid certification classes. This fantastic group of people from all over Madison County and the surrounding area took the adult version of Mental Health First Aid, this week, We even had a few participants who will be going to instructor training! I am so glad to know that so the library cares so much about the people in the community.

Pendleton Community Library will also be hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid seminar on August 17th from 8:30 Am to 5:30 PM. If you live or work in the area, this is a great opportunity to learn about how adolescence and mental illness look very similar and how to tell the difference, as well as what to look for and what to do until you can help a child get the professional help they need. The earlier we step in, the more likely they are to have positive outcomes, but we have to know what to look for and what to do! You can contact the Pendleton Library and register for the class, online.

Riley Hospital School Program

Until this time, I had never thought about a hospital having a school. The fact is that if we are legally obligated to educate our children 180 days per year, and it is probably unhealthy for a child to be constantly worried about his or her health, having a school program in a children’s hospital makes perfect sense. This group of educators at Riley Children’s Hospital (an Indiana University Health entity) school program joined me for a seminar in Youth Mental Health First Aid and national certification.

I was in awe of the love and dedication these educators have for their students. Not only do they have to know how to teach children, but they have to be able to handle serious health and mental health issues that many public school teachers will never encounter. They have to work, up front and first hand, with parents and doctors who are often concerned about life and death situations. They have to be prepared for any situation and know when it is time to step aside at any given moment for whatever and whoever may happen to pop up. Teachers working in children’s hospitals can’t have ego or power issues…, and I learned from this group of people that the love they have for these suffering children far outweighs any kind of selfishness that might pop up.

Riley class poster

It takes a special type of person to be able to sustain a teaching career at a children’s hospital, and the school program faculty and staff at Riley who I was able to provide the Youth Mental Health First Aid seminar for, were great examples of the high quality of person needed for this type of work. Many knew much of the information we teach and were gracious and really great participants in order to learn the parts they did not know and to be able to become certified as Youth Mental Health First Aiders. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate their kindness and level of participation.

NAMI Indiana

I just wanted to formally thank NAMI-Indiana for all of the support and training they offer to the citizens of Indiana. I have taught Youth Mental Health First Aid for NAMI-IN for a number of years, now, on a grant that NAMI-IN writes to provide the Youth MHFA certification to school teachers throughout the state. With this grant, schools throughout Indiana are able to train their faculty and staff to better identify mental health challenges and crises in children and provides a simple way for them to respond until they can help the child receive the appropriate help needed.

I want to point out that this training is not for the people who already work in psychological services and are trained in psychology. It is for everyone else… and YES, that is you too! If you are a teacher, child care provider, coach, or even parent and other relative, you can benefit from having this knowledge. The normal cost of registration is $170, but through programs like NAMI-IN who writ these grants, a limited number of participants can get their training for free. This gives many more people the chance to learn how to help our youth in Indiana.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Nami-Indiana for all you do for our teachers and schools (and everyone else)! You Rock!

Crawford County School Corporation

Congratulations to Crawford County School Corporation faculty and staff who recently certified as Youth Mental Health First Aiders! After a long, fun day of training, this wonderful group of people have added to their already extensive knowledge about youth and are looking forward to a healthy 2019-2020 school year. Thank you for being such a wonderful group of people to work with!

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