School districts can be virtually trained in youth mental health first aid free of charge.
Training topics include:
- How to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses;
- Substance use disorders in youth.
The training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care.
In addition, instructors who complete the training through DOE will be qualified to teach a course to district teachers and community members.
“Student mental health is paramount, especially during this time, and ASBSD supports each district participating in the training,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany said.
To request a YMHFA instructor application, contact Project Coordinator Teresa Rowland via email at Teresa.Rowland@state.sd.us.
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