MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS TRAININGS

ALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS AVAILABLE THROUGH VIRTUAL LEARNING VIA ZOOM AND GOOGLE MEET!


 

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS LITERACY

APPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS

MISSION:
Created by Wendy Blanchard, M.S., CHHC, CPS, The mission is to inspire our students, families, educators, staff and community to achieve wellness and to increase mental health literacy through an integrated, holistic approach, where we build sustainable resiliency skills through implementation of mental health and wellness literacy, and social/emotional practices.

Reframing the mental health conversation with ongoing dialogue about mental health can slowly transform the culture/climate of our schools so as to normalize mental health symptoms. Through a public health approach, we understand, explore, and execute best practices in mental health and wellness. We will understand that we all have mental health, and it rests on a continuum. We will recognize the signs and symptoms, risk and protective factors, and recognize a possible trauma response in an emerging mental health disorder. This is where we begin to eliminate stigma, and raise awareness. We will understand that we all have mental  health, as well as the importance of self care through “whole person wellness,” as documented in the NYS Mental Health Education Law passed on July 1, 2018 through a “holistic view.”. (PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, INTELLECTUAL, SPIRITUAL,OCCUPATIONAL).


SUICIDE SAFETY FOR SCHOOLS

APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS

According to data on completed suicides reported by the CDC for 2018, suicide is the10th leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2018, 48,344 Americans died by suicide, and there were an estimated 1.4 million suicide attempts. For youth, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death (10-24 years old)

The rate at which young Americans took their own lives reached a high-water mark in 2017, driven by a sharp rise in suicides among older teenage boys, according to new research, and for girls and young women, suicide rates have mostly followed a steady upward trajectory since 2000, roughly doubling between then and 2017.”

I am trained and certified by the Suicide Prevention Center of NY State.

This workshop offers the following goals in prevention and awareness:

  • To review the importance of suicide prevention
  • Describe characteristics of at-risk students
  • Outline your critical but limited role
  • Clarify your building referral process
  • Identify school and community resources
  • Talking about suicide in the classroom
  • What every teacher should know
  • Understanding warning signs
  • Understanding protective factors
  • Understanding a “warm hand-off”

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

I am a certified educator/trainer licensed by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

8 HOUR COURSE
BECOME A YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDER AND BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION!

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS LEARN?

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Listen nonjudgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?

The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.). In January 2013, President Obama recommended training for teachers in Mental Health First Aid. Since 2008, the core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to more than 1 million people across the USA, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.

WHO CREATED THE COURSE?

The National Council for Behavioral Health was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. Mental Health First Aid USA worked with experts at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to develop the youth program.

Participants will receive a certificate as a Youth Mental Health First Aider from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

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MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR ADULTS

I am a certified Educator/Trainer licensed by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

8 HOUR TRAINING

Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based, in-person training program with proven ability to teach individuals how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of mental illness and substance use disorders and link people with appropriate treatment and support. Mental Health First Aid increases the understanding that mental illnesses are real, common and treatable.

The National Council’s goal is to make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR. Originating in Australia in 2001, Mental Health First Aid has expanded to more than 23 countries worldwide. Since the program was first introduced in the United States in 2008, more than 11,000 instructors have been certified to teach the program and hundreds of thousands of Americans have now been trained as Mental Health First Aiders.

Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Participants will receive a certificate as an Adult Mental Health First Aider from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Mental Health First Aid USA is managed,operated, and disseminated by the National Council for Behavioral Health and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID IN HIGHER EDUCATION IS A SUPPLEMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR ADULTS AND WILL BE IMPLEMENTED INTO THIS TRAINING and is an 8-hour curriculum that teaches people how to identify risk factors and signs of mental health and substance use problems most commonly experienced by adults in a higher education setting.

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Please call Wendy at 845-263-4094 for more information, and fee schedule.