Ozarks Tonight: Teen Mental Health First Aid

Ozarks Tonight: Teen Mental Health First Aid


THE BRE. Jennifer: WILL COME BACK. WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT A NEW PROGRAM COMING TO A HIGH SCHOOL IN SPRINGFIELD. AND AND THE GOAL IS TO TEACH STUDENTS HOW TO IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO SIGNS OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AMONG THEIR PEERS. JOINING US NOT TO TALK TO US MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM IS RICKY BURTON FROM THE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP OF THE OZARKS. THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. THANKS FOR HAVING ME. Jennifer: THIS IS A UNIQUE PROGRAM AND TO LEARN ABOUT. CHRIS GLORIOSO, SCHOOLS AND NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND NEIDIG DOG AS A HEALTH FIRST-AID PROGRAM TEACHING TEENS FIRST-AID SIGNS OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES OR ADDICTION AND HOW TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS PROGRAM, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND? NO, THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER PROGRAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. ONE FINANCES AND SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS WORKED WITH US ON THAT AS WELL IN 8TH AND 9TH GRADE. HOWEVER, NATIONAL COUNCIL HAS A DECADE OF WORK IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND WE HAVE BEEN OFFERING YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST-AID AND ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST-AID FOR YEARS AND THOSE ARE TWO DESIGNED FOR ADULTS TO GO THROUGH TO HELP IDENTIFY IF YOU MIGHT BE IN CRISIS. AND THEY HAVE BEEN OFFERING THERE FOR ABOUT 5 OR 6 YEARS. THIS NEW PROGRAM REALLY CAME FROM AUSTRALIA, AS THE OTHER TWO DID AS WELL, AND IT’S JUST GOING TO HELP THOSE TEENS KNOW HOW TO SEE THIS ISSUE IN THEMSELVES AND THEIR PEERS. WE KNOW LOCALLY IN GREENE COUNTY 18 PERCENT OF YOUTH THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM STARTED LAST WEEK AND STAYED AT KICKAPOO FIRST. WHY KICKAPOO? SO KICKAPOO WAS A HIGH SCHOOL THAT WAS SELECTED BY SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE LARGEST HIGH SCHOOL THAT I BELIEVE IN SPRINGFIELD AND SO THEY DECIDED THEY COULD REACH THE MOST STUDENTS THAT WAY. STUDENTS GO TO PROGRAM AND LEARN TO IDENTIFY SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS THAT MIGHT BE CONCERNING, WHAT NEXT? WHAT ELSE DO THEY LEARN? WHO DO THEY GO TO? HOW DO THEY TELL AN ADULT OR GO ABOUT ASKING FOR HELP? THIS PROGRAM IS REALLY BUT THAT YOU FOLLOW THAT BY CONNECTING THEM TO A TRUSTED ADULT. THAT COULD BE SOMEONE AT SCHOOL, A FAMILY MEMBER, HOWEVER THAT USE PARTICULARLY FEELS LIKE THEY COULD TALK TOO. AND SO THAT’S REALLY WHERE THE NEXT STEP IS THAT WAS TO IDENTIFY THE SIGNS AND KNEW THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING HAPPENING THERE, TO GET THEM CONNECTED TO AN ADULT. TO CONTINUE WITH THE NORMAL POSTURE, JUST LIKE YOU BROKE ARM. YOU SAY, HOW IS YOUR ARM DOING, BUT THEN YOU TALK ABOUT OTHER THINGS.IT REALLY NORMALIZES MENTAL HEALTH FOR YOUTH. IT’S A REALLY NEAT PROGRAM. Jennifer: I WANT TO BACK UP A LITTLE BIT AND TALK ABOUT THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS. SOMETIMES IT’S DIFFICULT FOR FAMILY MEMBERS OR EVEN ADULTS TO KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG . WHAT ARE SOME THINGS WE ARE TEACHING TEENS TO LOOK FOR AND START ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT. ONE OF THE MAJOR SIGNS IS REALLY ANY CHANGE THAT’S SIGNIFICANT.IF IT’S SOMETHING SOMEONE HAS ENJOYED DOING FOR A LONG TIME AND SUDDENLY THEY JUST STOP AND DON’T REPLACE IT WITH ANYTHING, THAT’S A PRETTY BIG SIGN. ISOLATION OR WITHDRAWAL. TALKING ABOUT DEATH OR TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF SADNESS, REALLY ANY, MAJOR CHANGES ON THAT FRONT ALLOW STUDENTS TO IDENTIFY. AND WHAT WE REALLY WANT THEM TO TAKE HOME FROM THAT TRAINING IS, IN ORDER IF A FRIEND IS TELLING YOU, FOLLOW-UP AND HAVE A CONVERSATION. AND THERE MAY BE NOTHING BUT IF YOU ARE SEEING THAT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, IT’S PROBABLY GOOD TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AND TALK ABOUT GETTING CONNECTED TO AN ADULT. Jennifer: YOU MENTIONED TALKING ABOUT DEATH AND TALKING ABOUT SADNESS. KNIFE, STORIES AROUND SUICIDE IN THE PAST, ONE OF THE THINGS SOMEONE’S HEAD OR SOMETHING, THEY ARE THINKING ABOUT IT, BY ASKING THEM THAT, YOU ACTUALLY OPENED THE DOOR FOR CONVERSATION AND SHOW YOURSELF TO BE A SAFE PERSON WHO’S NOT SCARED TO TALK ABOUT THAT. AND THEN IF THEY’RE NOT CONSIDERING IT, AT LEAST THEY KNOW IF THEY EVER WERE, IF THEY COULD COME BACK TO YOU FOR THAT CONVERSATION. SO IT REALLY DOES OPEN THE DIALOGUE. RESENDIS PROGRAM IS A GROSS THE SOPHOMORES WILL LAST ABOUT 2 MONTHS. AFTER THE PILOT PROGRAM IS COMPLETED, I WAS THINKING ABOUT EXPANDING IT TO OTHER HIGH SCHOOL, ABOUT MAKING FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR TRAINING IN OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS IN SPRINGFIELD? YES. THE GOAL IS AFTER THE PILOT, THEY’LL PROBABLY MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENT BECAUSE LIKE I SAID, IT’S THE FIRST TIME IN THE UNITED STATES SO THERE’S A LOT OF TWEAKS. AS SOON AS THEY FINISH THEM, THEY’LL PROBABLY MAKE CHANGES OVER THE SUMMER. AND THEIR GOAL IS TO DO A SOFT LAUNCH. SINCE WE ARE A PILOT SITE, WE WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO EXPAND THAT TO OTHER SCHOOLS LOCALLY. TO GO WOULD BE THAT ALL 10TH GRADERS IN SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS WOULD RECEIVE THIS TRAINING, AND OF COURSE AS THAT TERM ALLOWS, BE ABLE TO DO MORE OUTSIDE OF CENTRAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS WELL. SO THAT’S KIND OF THE GOAL. AND IN A YEAR OR 2 IT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE NATIONALLY FOR ALL SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE IN. SO THAT’S A PRETTY EXCITING LOOK DOWN THE FUTURE NEVER HAVE SO MANY YOUTH TRAINED IN SUCH IMPORTANT TRAINING. Jennifer: HE HAS, FOR SURE PICK IN THE MEANTIME COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP OF THE OZARKS, YOU DO HAVE THIS RECOMMENDED STATE TRAINING FOR ADULTS, STAFF OR COMMUNITY MEMBERS. IF PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED, WHERE CAN THEY FIND OUT MORE?

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