California Teachers Are Being Trained to Spot Mental Health Warning Signs

Mental health across the country has been more of a concern ever since the pandemic started and is especially concerning among children at school.

According to KTLA 5, Benito Luna-Herrera, 7th grade social studies teacher in SoCal, says that middle school students can think of suicide due to post-pandemic depression. Other teachers say that they haven't seen so much school violence, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts.

The California Department of Education is funding a program for any school district who requests special training to help educators spot out mental health warning signs and how to respond to them. The training will be available in every state and is operated by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

"Teachers and school staff are on the front lines of a crisis, and need to be trained to spot students who are suffering," said Sen. Anthony Portantino. Visit KTLA 5 for more about mental health and the program that is being offered to schools.

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