Anew statewide training program to help people who work with youth recognize the signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illnesses and addictions is the result of some good work on the part of N.C. DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos and Gov. Pat McCrory. But there is still much work to be done in providing treatment for those who suffer from mental illness.
Wos on Friday recognized the first group of 32 instructors under the state’s Youth Mental Health First Aid program. The group will train other adults in 95 counties who regularly deal with young people, according to a DHHS news release. The program is a positive step that appears to be in direct response to nationwide school safety awareness issues that intensified following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, in which a mentally ill young man fatally shot 20 school children and six adults.
The Youth Mental Health First Aid program is part of the governor’s N.C. Center for Safer Schools, which sponsored a series of public forums on school safety.
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