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Parents and Teachers as Allies

pataaIn-Service Mental Health Education for School Professionals

This two-hour in-service program focuses on helping school professionals and families within the school community better understand the early warning signs of mental illnesses in children and adolescents so that they are linked to appropriate services. It also covers the lived experience of mental illness and how schools can best communicate with families about mental health concerns.

This program is designed for teachers, administrators, school health professionals, parents and others in the school community.  There is also a Spanish language version of the Parents & Teachers as Allies brochure.

Parents and Teachers as Allies addresses the recommendations included in President Bush’s New Freedom Commission report on mental health, which calls on schools to play a larger role in the early identification of the mental health needs of children.

PTAA presentations include:

·An education professional, who is also a family member, introduces the presenters and the purpose of the program.
·A facilitator covers the early warning signs and symptoms of various mental illnesses.

·A parent or caregiver describes his or her lived experience of raising a child with mental illness and interacting with the school system.
·A mental health consumer who experienced early onset of mental illness shares a view from the inside, including a discussion about the positive and negative impact of the school experience.
·Question and Answer Session.

For more information about this program or to schedule a presentation, please call the NAMI Westchester office at 914- 592-5458.

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