Mental Health First Aid Training Program Created In Response To Newtown

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A new state program will train people who frequently work with children and adolescents how best to recognize and respond to mental disorders. The initiative was created as a result of landmark gun legislation Gov. Malloy signed into law last month and is part of an effort at both the state and national level to improve mental health first aid in schools. Early intervention, advocates say, can help prevent tragedies that result from undiagnosed mental health disorders.

\”Making mental health training more easily accessible will prepare primary care professionals, families, school personnel and educators to identify and understand students in crisis, improve early intervention when students are displaying disturbing or threatening behavior in schools and ensure these young people receive  the treatment they require,” said Malloy.

At the end of May, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services will hold a five-day training program to certify 30 people. Once certified, those individuals will teach Mental Health First Aid in communities across the state to teachers, social workers and other \”interested parties.\”

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3 thoughts on “Mental Health First Aid Training Program Created In Response To Newtown

  1. Rikke Siersbaek

    Hello,
    I thought you might like to know that the Mental Health First Aid program actually was created in Australia in 2001. It is currently taught in 20 countries, including the US. It has a proven track record helping communities support people developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. You can read more about the US program here: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/program_overview/
    Sincerely,
    Rikke Siersbaek

  2. justme

    Mental health is the issue that needs political attention,, not more unenforced gun control.

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