"To be renewed in the spirit of your mind." Ephesians 4:23
Equipping educators with the right tools to support children/students and their families who are experiencing personal problems. This toolkit is intended to awaken awareness, and not to train educators to diagnose or treat any mental health condition.
According to the World Health Organization, Worldwide, 10% of children and adolescents experience a mental disorder, but the majority of them do not seek help or receive care. Half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-19 year-olds.
Welcome to the North American Division Office of Education Mental Health Educators’ Training toolkit. When you hear the words “Mental Health,” it often refers to a person’s state of mind. The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.”
Students spend a considerable amount of time in school, and educators are often the first to notice any behavioral and physical changes. This toolkit is to help educators understand and identify the seven most common mental health challenges and disorders, and how to help children, youth, and their families get the appropriate Mental Health resources necessary to assist them. Many children and youth with a diagnosed mental health condition have experienced childhood trauma. Mental health problems are common, but they can improve over time with the proper treatment and support. The key is taking the necessary steps to get help.
This website is not intended to train educators to diagnose or treat mental health conditions. Instead, it is designed to help educators notice atypical behaviors in children or youth throughout the school day and provide families with appropriate resources and guidance. The diagnosis and treatment are the responsibility of health care professionals.
The toolkit also includes a 4½ hour video course that will assist educators in learning to identify the seven most common Mental Health challenges in children and youth. The training will also provide strategies that the educators can use to help students experiencing Mental Health Challenges. Remember, mental health challenges are manageable and treatable; the key is early intervention, so our children and youth can live fruitful and productive lives.
We live in a fallen world, with an enemy who is always at work. However, our God is a mighty God who has promised to be with us. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” As you embark on this Mental Health Journey, our prayer is that God will use you and equip you to nurture a spirit of wholeness in each of the children and young people in your care.
It is the purpose of Versacare, Inc “to serve humanity by engaging in activities that will further the kingdom of God and restore the ‘Image of God’ in man.” We believe that this fidelity to the Gospel of Jesus urges us to emphasize human health and dignity and the search for knowledge.