Youth Mental Health First Aid Partnership with TCNJ
One of the Ewing Board of Education’s goals is to examine and evaluate issues related to emotional and psychological wellness of our students. The Ewing Public School District was invited to join in a partnership and grant proposal with The College of New Jersey (TCNJ); focusing on mental health awareness, which aligns with the Board goals. The district was notified that TCNJ was awarded the grant to serve community partners such as the Ewing Public Schools, the Millhill Child and Family Development Center, and The Mercer County Department of Human Services by providing National Council for Behavioral Health’s Youth Mental Health First Aid program.
The youth course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Currently, all school counselors, psychologists, Deans of Students, District Supervisors, Assistant Principals, and Principals have participated in the eight (8) hour certification training. The grant will provide opportunities to train additional staff and teachers annually as well as to support two staff members in becoming Youth Mental Health First Aid trainers. The district is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Stuart Roe, a professor and the Counseling Department Chair at TCNJ.