Through generous grants from the Gertrude and Leonard Fairbanks Foundation and the Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust, TMHA's High School program has entered its third year. The program provides the following:
- Trainings for faculty, counselors, and administration in either Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) or QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention. These courses provide an overview of the most common adolescent mental health diagnoses and teach adults how to spot kids with unmet mental health needs and refer them to the help they require. Both trainings fulfill portions of the staff training mandate within California AB2246 (Pupil Suicide Prevention Policies).
- QPR trainings for Associated Student Body (ASB), Link Crew and Leadership classes during the 2018-19 school year. We believe these are the ideal teenagers to provide peer support and mentoring to their fellow students. At the same time, we will make QPR available to other interested students and student clubs.
- TMHA’s original, customized curriculum, New Perspectives and the ALEC training, that provides each student with mental health awareness, self-care options, and the ability to recognize when peers are in distress. This curriculum is presented in Freshman Health classes at each participating High School. A modified, age-appropriate version of New Perspectives is available for Middle School students and can be presented in designated classes.
- Mental Health forums for local parents.
In February 2018, TMHA’s High School Program was selected as co-winner of the United Way Innovation Award. This annual prize is presented for “creative, effective and inventive programs that provide value to SLO County.”
An article and video appeared about TMHA’s High School program on October 10, 2017 in The Tribune.
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