MPUSD offers Youth Mental Health First Aid Training to community


THAT JACKPOT IS $345 MILLION. NEW AT 11, COMMUNITY MEMBERS
TAKING A MORE ACTIVE APPROACH TO
HELPING OUR YOUTH, WHO MAY BE
EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH
CHALLENGES. TONIGHT, THEY GATHERED FOR A
SPECIAL TRAINING OFFERED BY THE
MONTEREY PENINSULA UNIFIED
SCHOOL DISTRICT, ACTION NEWS
REPORTER SIERRA STARKS WAS
THERE. SHE JOINS US LIVE FROM MONTEREY
WITH MORE ON THE PROGRAM. REPORTER: THIS TRAINING HAS
NORMALLY BEEN OFFERED TO
TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMBERS, WHO
INTERACT WITH THE STUDENTS. BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME MPUSD
HAS OPENED THIS UP TO MEMBERS OF
THE COMMUNITY. PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT
BACKGROUNDS, BROUGHT TOGETHER BY
A COMMON INTEREST. I WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE THAT
PULL OUT THEIR HAIR AND PICK
THEIR SKIN.>>VERY INVOLVED IN YOUTH
DEVLEOPMENT THE LAST 10 OR 15
YEARS.>>A FAMILY MEMBER IS GOING
THROUGH METAL HEALTH ISSUES AND
THEYRE A YOUTH THAT I FEEL
DEFINITELY NEEDS SOME HELP
REPORTER: HELPING OUR YOUTH, WHO
MAY BE EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGE OR CRISIS,
THAT’S THE POINT OF THIS
TRAINING, OFFERED TO THE
COMMUNITY BY THE MONTEREY
PENINSULA UNIFIED SCHOOL
DISTRICT.>>WHAT ARE THE COMMON MENTAL
HEALTH ISSUES THAT A YOUNG
PERSON MAY EXPERIENCE? WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
TO BE PAYING ATTENTION TO IN
RELATION TO EVEN ADOLESCENT
DEVELOPMENT. REPORTER: REPORTER: COMMUNITY
MEMBERS TELLING US, THEY SIGNED
UP, BECAUSE IT’S MORE THAN JUST
THE TEACHERS AND STAFF AT
SCHOOLS, WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR
THE WELL-BEING OF OUR YOUTH.>>THE EXPRESSION IT TAKES A
VILLAGE
IF IM IN A SITUATION WHERE IM
HELPING WITH KIDS IN A HIGH
SCHOOL SETTING OR MIDDLE SCHOOL
SETTING, WHICH IM CURRENTLY DOING, I’D LIKE TO BE ON MY TOES
IF I SEE SOMETHING THAT MAYBE
NEEDS SOME ATTENTION.>>JUST LISTENING TO THE KIDS
THINK AS AN ADULT WE HAVE TO
LISTEN AND NOT TRY TO OFFER THE
ADVICE ALL THE TIME JUST LISTEN.>>THIS TRAINING IS NOT TO TRAIN
PEOPLE TO BECOME THE
PROFESSIONAL HELP BUT ITS REALLY
TO INTERVENE UNTIL PROFESSIONAL
HELP CAN STEP IN AND PROVIDE
THAT SUPPORT. REPORTER: AND HE SAYS, THE MORE
COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT RECEIVE
TRAINING, THE MORE AWARENESS
THERE WILL BE ON THE MENTAL
HEALTH ISSUES IMPACTING THE
STUDENTS ACROSS MPUSD. THIS IS A TWO-DAY, 8-HOUR
TRAINING IN TOTAL. THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL
RETURN FOR A SECOND NIGHT ON
THURSDAY WHERE THEY’LL START TO
PUT SOME THING
THEY LEARNED TODAY INTO
PRACTICE. DAN: EVERYONE WHO COMPLETES THE
8-HOUR TRAINING WILL RECEIVE A
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
CERTIFICATE. MPUSD WILL CONTINUE HOSTING
THESE TRAININGS THROUGHOUT THE
COUNTY ON FUTURE D

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