We recognize the increasing need for mental health support for our students. While a situation often calls for us to refer the student/family to expertise outside of the district, we continue to build our internal capacity to be informed and support students in their challenges.
Lynette Hairston, Katie Detweiler, Diane Snyder and Terry Markoff completed an 8-hour Mental Health First Aid Training course that teaches how toidentify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provided by NAMI on Geauga County (National Alliance of Mental Illness) provide the skills needed to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
NAMI Geauga County offers a variety of Community Education on Mental Illness. NAMI Basics, Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer Education Classes, Ending the Silence, Parents and Teachers as Allies and Understanding Mental Illness. All classes offered FREE of charge thanks to NAMI and funding by the Geauga County Board of Mental Health and Recovery Services.