Digital training teaches educators how to support children with mental health issues.
Despite schools closing and starting the year online, suicidal thinking among teenagers is growing. The Ohio Foundation for Suicide Prevention is now working to help. They developed a simulation of virtual training to teach school workers how to help children who suffer from mental health issues.
Austin Lucas, Program Director of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, said that “risk factors are exasperated by the pandemic currently in place for people at high risk of suicide”.
Virtual lectures, cancelled sports and events are just a couple of the pandemic changes that teenagers are experiencing.
“You may be trapped with a parent at home, who may be abusive and maybe also at school,”.
It is called “at-risk” and it offers real-life scenarios for kindergarten, mid-school and high school educators. It also features a virtual training curriculum to assist educators.
“Teachers, administrators, and even other people including managers and bus drivers can hold virtual role-play talks with a pupil,” says Lucas.
The sims in the curriculum allow teachers to prepare for rough talks.
“To see whether a student is in a mental or emotional crisis or even suicidal state and whether you really talk to that student”
This allows them to realize the symptoms of depression or anxiety and teaches them opportunities to get to know each other.
“We agreed that this was the best time for teachers now, and that’s the ideal place to grab them,”
A curriculum for students is also available.
“Kids are more likely to go to a peer before they go to an adult. Whether that be their anxiety, depression or even suicidal thoughts,”.
Digital training teaches educators how to support children with mental health issues