Canyon High School is excited to be one of 35 pilot programs in the United States to conduct teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) training. tMHFA is an evidence-based training that equips students with the skills they need to recognize and help their friends with mental health and substance use problems. Students will often turn to their peers when facing difficult situations and tMHFA teaches them they don’t have to take these problems on alone.
tMHFA is being taught by CISD Student and Family Advocates Mackenzie Ellis, Dakota Milloway, Stacy Willis, and Carissa Wingate, who have offices at Midway Alternative High School, and will be assisted by Canyon High School faculty. All instructors teaching the course have received special training and are certified to teach the course by Mental Health First Aid USA at the National Council for Behavioral Health.
tMHFA training will be conducted on Wednesdays at Canyon High School during Assembly Period. The training will be conducted in five sessions of 45 minutes each and sophomores will rotate through the training. The entire sophomore class will receive the training over the course of the school year.
The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s healthcare organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services. Together with 3,000 member organizations serving over 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1.7 million Americans have been trained. For more information, visit www.TheNationalCouncil.org and www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages ev idence-based research and authentic partnerships in order to provide young people with kinder communities, improved mental health resources and more positive environments – online and offline. To learn more, visit bornthisway.foundation.