How can schools help their students and staff?

As a start, school personnel can be trained in Youth/Adult Mental Health First Aid, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and NAMI NH CONNECT Suicide Prevention. Schools that dedicate themselves to becoming a DMHA Mental Health-Friendly “PLACE” and actively strive to accept, support and provide mental health education is key to transforming the culture of a school for students and staff alike.

Initiatives Underway in Dover, NH

Teen Mental Health First Aid. A youth-focused training that teaches youth how to recognize and respond appropriately to another youth experiencing a mental health crisis.

NAMI NH Connect Student Empowerment program. A new program for students interested in learning about mental health challenges and being trained to recognize and respond to someone experiencing a mental health crisis. This group will be made up of high school students who want to make a difference within their generation and community in mental health education, stigma elimination and suicide prevention.