Youth Mental Wellness Training
Indian Lake School leaders continue their commitment to mental health education for students with the Red Flag Program this week.
Over a three-day period, juniors and seniors in the ILHS College and Career Readiness class are learning the social/emotional curriculum recommended by the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Local and national mental health trainers are using the Red Flag Program to help students understand that mental illness is just like a physical illness, despite the societal stigmas attached.
Logan-Champaign County Mental Health Board representatives and statewide mental health advocates Steve and Deb Terrill helped present information to students concerning symptoms of depression, signs someone is seriously considering suicide, and the negative language surrounding mental illness.
Terrill says, “I think they’ll see that it’s ok not to be ok. And it’s ok to get help. It’s also ok to help someone else.”
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Logan County resident Steve Terrill explained Monday to Bellefontaine Rotarians the course he is offering in conjunction with other groups later this month and in January is similar to CPR training for the body.
The course will help people recognize mental health issues and get help for those at risk of suicide and other self-destructive behaviors, the retired farmer and corporate executive told attendees.
Some 25 percent of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness, Terrill noted, and with five suicides in the Indian Lake community recently there is an urgent need for such training locally.
A board member of the Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services Board of Logan and Champaign Counties and member of the Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors team, Terrill and his wife, Debbie, are familiar with the grief and loss that make access to quality mental health resources critical.
They are “Gold Star” parents to deceased U.S. Army Sgt. Kevin Lee Terrill. Terrill said he hopes to ease the stigma attached to mental illness and to shift focus from more costly treatment and recovery efforts to education about substance abuse, anxiety, depression etc.
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