FM Schools District Offers Mental Health Workshops: Schools Put Mental Health First

FM Schools District Offers Mental Health Workshops: Schools Put Mental Health First

FAYETTEVILLE-MANLIUS, NY (WSYR-TV) – The Fayetteville Manlius School District is offering three virtual workshops focused on mental health and wellness awareness for families starting Monday, Dec. 5.

The district is hosting these virtual workshops as part of its ongoing efforts to improve the well-being of its students.

Additionally, the district is offering “Mental Health Mondays” Dec. 5-19 that will focus on topics of anxiety, depression, and suicide with mental health educator William DeSantis, who is part of Community Services. district contact.

The FM School District is not the only school district in Central New York to offer mental health workshops for families, especially after the introduction of the New York Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (SAVE act).

The SAFE Act was introduced in the 2020-2021 school year to help improve school safety and to require school districts to develop a comprehensive, district-wide school safety plan that addresses emergency response. crisis, emergency response and management. One of the schools selected for this program included the West Genesee Central School District.

Key findings from the SAFE Act revealed that the trainings offered by the selected districts lacked sufficient content to ensure that staff were, at a minimum, trained on the recommended mental health components.

The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control agrees with these findings. During the school year related to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 37% of high school students reported experiencing poor mental health and 44% reported feeling constantly sad or hopeless.

In FM school district workshops, parents and guardians are recommended to attend the first two sessions on “More Than Sad – Parent Education” and “Ask, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training”.

Teenage students aged 13 or older are invited to attend the third session entitled “It’s Real: Teenagers and Mental Health”.

More information on each session below.

Fayetteville-Manlius School District Mental Health Workshops

Beyond Sad – Parent Education

Monday, December 5

12:00 p.m. afternoon session

6:30 p.m. evening session

The More Than Sad workshop developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is designed for parents and guardians of young adolescents and aims to help caregivers better understand suicidal behaviors, recognize signs of depression and other mental health issues.

After understanding the following, it is suggested that parents start conversations about mental health with their child.

QPR Goalkeeper Training

monday 12 december

12:00 p.m. afternoon session

6:30 p.m. evening session

The QPR training workshop aims to help parents, guardians and carers become ‘gatekeepers’ by educating them about the warning signs of a suicidal crisis and how to respond to them. Guardians can recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide and help save lives.

It’s Real: Teens and Mental Health

Monday, December 19

6:30 p.m. evening session

This workshop helps raise awareness of common mental health issues faced by students and attendees can learn about general mental health, self-care methods, and how and where to seek help.

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