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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News Reports ADAMHS & Educators Trained to Look for Mental Health Problems in Students
MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Teachers are learning how to better identify and help kids struggling with mental health problems.
Free online interactive training is now available to high school teachers and staff in the county. Officials say the training will help increase the chances of educators intervening with troubled youth who may be struggling with bullying, challenges at home, drug abuse of other psychological problems.
"Well we know that teachers see a lot of behaviors and this is a chance for teachers to learn how to take the information that they're observing, that they're hearing and to use it in a way that helps that young person get connected to services," said Helen Jones-Kelly, executive director of ADAMHS.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people nationwide. Experts say there are warning signs parents need to watch out for, if your child has trouble sleeping and eating, if they talk about death, or lose interest in things that they once cared about.
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At-Risk Youth Interactive Training Available For High School Educators
Free online interactive training is now available to high school teachers and staff in Montgomery County. The Kognito At-Risk Interactive Online Gatekeeper Training assists school personnel in recognizing and responding to the mental health needs of their students. ....More
Recognizing Mental Health Disorders in Youth
The National Council for Behavioral Health is offering an evidence-based training program to help citizens identify mental health problems in young people, intervene in mental health crises, and connect youth with care.
The program, Youth Mental Health First Aid, focused on youth 12 to 25 years, is being rolled out across the country after a year-long pilot. The adult Mental Health First Aid program has been delivered to more than 80,000 Americans through a network of 2,500+ instructors. The youth version provides an ideal forum to engage communities in discussing the signs and symptoms of mental illness, the prevalence of mental health disorders, the effectiveness of treatment and how to engage troubled young people in services.
Researchers Outline Effective Strategies to Prevent Teen Depression and Suicide
Untreated depression is one of the leading causes of teen suicide, and signs of depression can also be a warning that a teen is contemplating suicide. In an article published this week in the quarterly journal The Prevention Researcher, University of Cincinnati researchers are describing how positive connections can help offset these tragedies.
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Even Moderate Drinking in Pregnancy Can Affect a Child's IQ
Relatively small levels of exposure to alcohol while in the womb can influence a child's IQ, according to a new study led by researchers from the universities of Bristol and Oxford using data from over 4,000 mothers and their children in the Children of the 90s study (ALSPAC) and published November 14 in PLOS ONE.