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Mental Health First Aid: 'So Much of it is Just Being Willing to Ask the Question'

Mental Health First Aid: 'So Much of it is Just Being Willing to Ask the Question'

This week’s Missouri Health Talks is a collaboration with Vox Magazine.

Jessica Trussell and Amy Bartels are both human development and family science specialists with the University of Missouri Extension. Jessica in Livingston County – Chillicothe – and Amy in Camden County.

They both teach a class called mental health first aid – essentially a training that gives adults tools to use to help identify mental health crises and connect others with resources. Amy focuses on teaching people who work with youth in schools.

You can learn more about mental health first aid in the October issue of Vox Magazine - available now in print and online: “In case of emergency: starting the conversation with mental health first responders.”

Restraint and Seclusion in Schools: 'We Can Equip Staff Better. We Can Teach Our Children How to De-escalate too'

Restraint and Seclusion in Schools: 'We Can Equip Staff Better. We Can Teach Our Children How to De-escalate too'

Christina Ingoglia and Michelle Ribaudo are both board members for the Missouri Disability Empowerment Foundation, or MoDE Foundation, in Columbia. Christina is the current President and Michelle is the current Vice President of this organization that works to advocate for people with disabilities and promote inclusion.

They spoke about the use of restraint and seclusion rooms for students with special needs and about the potentially dangerous ramifications of such policies.

For the past few weeks, these policies and their usage on members of the diverse Columbia Public Schools student body has been a passionate topic of conversation. Local advocacy group "Race Matters, Friends" posted photos online of very small rooms designed to isolate students with Individualized education plans, or IEPs, when they may be a danger to themselves or others.

After a five-hour Board of Education meeting in early September, the School Board is now reconsidering the use of these rooms.

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