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DCSS host Mental Health Aid training for teachers

Teachers from three Dougherty County Schools participated in a Mental Health Training for teachers. (Source: WALB) Teachers from three Dougherty County Schools participated in a Mental Health Training for teachers. (Source: WALB)
The Dougherty County School System is working on a plan to detect mental illness in their students. (Source: WALB) The Dougherty County School System is working on a plan to detect mental illness in their students. (Source: WALB)
Rebecca Blanton is the Project Aware Director for the Georgia Department of Education who travels the state to bring awareness to mental health. (Source: WALB) Rebecca Blanton is the Project Aware Director for the Georgia Department of Education who travels the state to bring awareness to mental health. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Teachers in Dougherty County are learning how to spot critical mental health problems in their own students.

It's all in hopes of improving the students' quality of life, and learning.

Dougherty County School leaders believe kids could have a mental health issue, and not even know it.

And it could lead to many behavior issues inside schools.

Now teachers are taking prevention steps to keep students alive and healthy.

DCSS invited the state education department to host a 'Youth Mental Health First Aid' training for teachers Saturday.

They learned the signs and symptoms in students suffering with mental health issues. 

Georgia does have a five-year grant called 'Project Aware,' to begin implementing school-based mental health services. 

Teachers from three Dougherty County schools learned an action plan to address the needs of these students.

"This training is about early intervention so that we can identify students at an early age, get the help they need, and hopefully this will make our schools safer as well. Because we want the schools to be safe and we know untreated mental health conditions can lead to violence in schools," said Rebecca Blanton, Project Aware Director, Georgia Department of Education. 

The teachers took a test to be certified in mental health aid.

More trainings will take place this summer. 

Dougherty County's School Superintendent is creating a plan for teachers to identify problems, and for families in poverty to get the mental health care they need for their children.

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