Recently, Waukegan Public School District 60 held training for their entire paraprofessional team. More than 230 staff from 23 schools ranging from elementary through high school learned the fundamentals of first aid for mental health.
Stephanie Reuter, Director of Multi-Tiered System of Supports for District 60, said, “I think it’s critical that our paraprofessionals and other support team members from all of our schools are receiving this training. They are an important part of caring for our students alongside our classroom teachers.”
Josselyn’s Maggie Nash, Director of Mental Health Education, oversees Josselyn’s MHFA training program. “It is inspiring to see how many school systems – from administrators, to classroom teachers, to support staff – are taking the youth mental health crisis seriously. And they are proactive in responding to the needs by bringing MHFA training to their staff and teens,” shared Nash.