“It’s very REAL. We will actually be able to implement this.” “I really enjoyed the practical suggestions for using this almost immediately in our schools.” These sentiments were echoed over and over again as Red Flags conducted trainings around Ohio throughout the 2015-2016 school year. Participants appreciated the emphasis mental health as fundamental to overall health and the wisdom of early intervention as essential to children’s health and development. They were enthusiastic that building a culture of mental health in their schools can be inexpensive, sustainable, easily achievable, and beneficial to students and staff alike. Two trainings remain for this school year: March 18 in Cambridge and April 29 in Columbus (to register click here). Over the summer we will be deciding on sites for next year’s trainings, including possible trainings outside Ohio. If you would like to have a Red Flags training in your area, please let us know via the Get In Touch box below.
Sincere thanks to all who helped make these trainings possible and for reminding us that changing attitudes and improvement in our children’s mental health is a public health issue and needs the commitment of the whole society. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addictions made it possible for us to offer free CEU’s to psychologists, counselors, nurses, and social workers. The Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success, the Center for School-based Mental Health at Miami University, school superintendents who passed the information on to their staffs, and Uzma Ahmed who helped me work with Excel were all critical in getting the information out. Special thanks to the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Portage County who sponsored a training for all their school districts and provided them with Red Flags kits; and to the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio who are sponsoring the April training. We are grateful to the many public libraries which made their community rooms and technology available to us free of charge. Lastly, we celebrate the loving concern for our children that nearly 200 training participants brought with them and their commitment to keeping kids well, growing, and learning.