Mental health first aid youth training helps teachers in La Crosse

Aquinas Catholic Schools and La Crosse Police are partnering for the training

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The health of children is the focus of a training effort happening in La Crosse.

La Crosse Police and La Crosse Aquinas Catholic Schools are teaming up for Mental Health First Aid Youth Training.

School staff will learn to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth.

“This is an opportunity to set a baseline so we all have the same language. And we all step back and regroup. And especially as we are working through the pandemic and the changes in children and schools, what and where they are coming from,” said Cathedral Elementary Principal.

The training also helps make sure help is needed for a student from outside of a school.

“We know that our teachers are excellent. They’ve got the skills. They’ve got the knowledge that they need. This just enhances those skills. It allows us to wrap services around the youth that we both serve,” said La Crosse Police Captain Avrie Schott.

Staff will also train Wednesday and then again in February.