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Kearney, NE: District trains 14 teachers in "Youth Mental Health First Aid"

June 21, 2018, Nebraska.TV: Kearney teachers get mental health first aid training http://nebraska.tv/news/local/kearney-teachers-get-mental-health-first-aid-training Teachers with Kearney Public Schools took special training to spot the signs of mental health issues. Fourteen teachers were trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid in June, according to a press release from the Buffalo County Community Partners. The training offers tools and resources specifically designed for adults who work with young people. The training provides tools to handle difficult situations, how to be more aware of changes and other signs of mental health issues and how to ask the right questions. “Many educators have no prior experience with, nor have been taught about the ‘look fors’ for youth experiencing mental health crises. This training empowered staff to be more observant of student emotional status, understand possible causation, and to provide student support at the appropriate time to prevent escalating issues. KPS is very grateful to have this support from CHI and Region 3 to address youth mental health needs, “ said Carol Renner, Director of Student Services at Kearney Public Schools….