Suicide Prevention Training
for Educators in Public Schools
House Bill (HB) 2186 which was passed by the 84th Texas Legislature, 2015, and signed into law by Governor Abbott on June 19, 2015, (Texas Education Code § 21.451) requires suicide prevention training to all new school district and open-enrollment charter school educators annually and to existing school district and open-enrollment charter school educators on a schedule adopted by the TEA by rule. Training must be selected from the list of recommended best practice-based programs that is provided by the DSHS.
The Texas Department of State Health Services has identified MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID as a best practice resource for schools in areas of Early Mental Health Intervention, Mental Health Promotion and Positive Youth Development, Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention, and Suicide Prevention. This certification course has been identified as being in compliance with the requirements of Texas Education Code § 21.451.
What Is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
The Education Service Center Region 19 is now offering MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID training for all district personnel in the region. These training sessions are paid through IDEA-B funding and will be offered free of charge to participants. Please register as soon as possible, as space is limited to 25 participants for each of the scheduled training sessions below (click on the event # to register):
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
December 10, 2019 Event #: 183887
January 14, 2020 Event #: 185262
February 13, 2020 Event #: 185263
April 22, 2020 Event #: 185264
May 12, 2020 Event #: 185265
June 10, 2020 Event #: 185266
ADULT MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
January 7, 2020 Event #: 184973
February 20, 2020 Event #: 184974
April 28, 2020 Event #: 184975
May 20, 2020 Event #: 184977