Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club employees get Mental Health First Aid training
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE)- Employees at the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket took part in a training on Mental Health First Aid and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Mental Health First Aid training was led by professionals from the Pawtucket School Department.
According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health First Aid is “a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments.”
The program teaches participants how to assess and respond to mental health crises, including how to direct people in crisis to appropriate services.
All participants received a three-year certification as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
The Club’s diversity, equity, and inclusion training was led by the Club’s DEI Task Force, established in the fall of 2020.
“The social isolation, the academic stressors and challenges, the family situations, all of these have led to a documented increase in anxiety and other mental health issues in young people,” said Shara Plynton, a School Social Worker who helped lead the training. “Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence based, hands on, practical training to give adults the tools to recognize and respond to young people in need.”