San Antonio ISD educators to receive mental health first aid training

Nearly 900 SAISD teachers and staff members will receive the training

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SAN ANTONIO – Nearly 900 San Antonio ISD educators will receive mental health first aid training on Tuesday in an effort to be proactive when it comes to students’ mental health.

In a collaboration with SAISD and The Center for Health Care Services Foundation, educators will receive training that equips them with the tools to spot signs of mental illness and effectively intervene.

“Just as CPR helps those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis,” Health Care Services Foundation said in a news release.

Teachers and staff members will learn a five-step action plan that teaches how to reach out to students and offer them support, Health Care Services says.

The following schools will host the Mental Health First Aid training:

  1. G. W. Brackenridge High School, 400 Eagleland Dr, San Antonio, TX 78210
  2. Burbank High School 1002 Edwards, San Antonio, TX 78204
  3. Edison High School 701 Santa Monica, San Antonio, TX 78212
  4. Jefferson High School 723 Donaldson Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201
  5. Highland High School 3118 Elgin Ave, San Antonio, TX 78210
  6. Lanier High School 1514 W César E Chávez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78207
  7. Sam Houston High School 4635 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78220
  8. SAISD Central Office 514 W. Quincy St. San Antonio, Texas 78212
  9. CAST Tech High School 637 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78205
  10. Young Women’s Leadership Academy 2123 W Huisache Ave, San Antonio, TX 78201
  11. CAST Med High School 2601 Louis Bauer Dr, San Antonio, TX 78235

All other teachers from Pre-K to 12th grade also receive training on Trauma Sensitive Classroom and Creating Healing Spaces for students.

More than 2.5 million people have been certified in Mental Health First Aid training throughout the U.S, according to Health Care Services.

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