BGCA Native Services is pleased to announce that the first Mental Health First Aid Training for Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country (BGCIC) has been a huge success. To date we have conducted two of the five scheduled trainings this year with an ambitious goal to certify 100% of our Native organizations. See below for a video message from Indian Health Service Director Michael Weahkee on this unique and powerful partnership.
BGCA Native Services is pleased to announce that through our partnership with the Indian Health Service, all participants at each of our five Native Learning Events will leave certified in Mental Health First Aid!
Mental Health First Aid gives our valued Club staff the skills to help and support someone who is experiencing a mental health problem or a mental health crisis. Trainees are taught how to apply the 5-step action plan in a variety of situations, such as helping someone through a panic attack, engaging with someone who may be suicidal, or assisting an individual who has overdosed. There is no cost for the trainee, and each training session involves a concise presentation of the topic with ample opportunities for case discussion and consultation.
As the focus on childhood mental health continues to gain attention, trauma-informed responses from trusted adults become more and more important. BGCA Native Services recognizes that a trained and prepared staff is a direct and evidence-based approach to ensure youth are getting everything they need to be successful. Through the dedication to partnerships with organizations such as IHS, BGCA Native Services is continuing to uphold the holistic needs of Native youth across the country.