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Teen Mental Health First Aid IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Teen Mental Health First Aid IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Katy Arnold
Tuesday, December 03, 2019


Hello Maroon Family,
 
Clinton High School is excited to announce that we have been selected to participate in the teen Mental Health First Aid Pilot program! This is an innovative new program designed to teach high school students about mental illnesses and addictions and how to identify and respond to a developing mental health or substance use problem among their peers. The course specifically highlights the important step of when and how to involve a responsible and trusted adult, and teaches students a 5-step action plan similar to CPR that students can use to help their friends who may be facing a mental health problem or crisis. All sophomore, junior, and senior students at CHS are required to participate. This program will begin after winter break, and classes will be held once a week during 8th hour and advisory. Juniors and seniors who otherwise leave for advisory are required to stay for the full day when their classes are scheduled.
 
CHS will host a series of parent meetings for more about all aspects of this program. All parents are encouraged to attend one of these informational nights, scheduled for Wednesday, December 4th at 6pm, Tuesday, December 10th at 6pm, and Saturday, December 14th at 10am. All meetings will be held in the CHS Auditorium. 
 
This teen Mental Health First Aid program is an evidence-based program founded in Australia, and Clinton High School staff started the application process to be part of the US Pilot program last school year. We are one of only 40 schools in the US to be selected for this phase of the program, which will be made available nationally in future years. As part of the pilot program, John Hopkins University will be asking participants to submit questionnaires before and after the program to assess the effectiveness. Permission from parents is required to participate in the research questionnaires. The consent form for the research questionnaires was attached in the Skyward email sent yesterday and they will also be available at the information meetings. This form is due back to your student's advisory teacher no later than December 16th. No permission slip is required to participate in the teen Mental Health First Aid Program. Please attend one of the parent meetings for more information. Contact Katy Arnold at karnold@cusd15.org or Rachel Tohme at rtohme@cusd15.org for additional questions.