Giving parents, teachers tools to help students with mental health disorders

Mike Dougherty
May 09, 2018 - 2:19 pm
The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services offered details about its services at the School District of Philadelphia building.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Students suffering from depression, anxiety, and other problems struggle in school, and Mayor Jim Kenney spoke Wednesday about the importance of giving parents and educators the resources to help kids thrive. 

Problems at home lead to problems in the classroom. Kenney sees this as a critical issue that needs a comprehensive solution.

"Making sure that our teachers and principals are trained to spot these kinds of things," Kenney said. "And also to put mental health professionals in the school base."

The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services offers free training for teachers and anyone else.

"A person can be impacted by trauma as early as three months, six months old," said Victoria Wilmore, with DBHIDS. 

It's important to have the right approach when you notice signs of trauma, she said. "The question is always 'What's wrong with you?' and we teach people to rephrase it as to 'What happened?'"

Wilmore said progress starts with removing the stigma associated with mental health problems.