Student Mental Health

Local Training Resources and Schedules

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) and Mental Health First Aid trainings are available FREE of charge to Stanislaus County School Districts (based on available resources)! Trainings can be scheduled on site as part of staff professional development, and may meet district School Climate LCAP priority goals. Click on the flier below for more information and contact eperry [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org (subject: QPR%20Training%20Question) (Erikka Perry) to schedule a training for your district or school site today! 

Suicide Prevention: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This 8-hour course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis. Two versions of this training are available, one designed for the general population and the other for adults who work with youth. The action plan remains the same, but the youth-focused version spends more time discussing resiliency, strategies for approaching youth and considerations when providing support.

If the trainings listed below do not meet your needs, please call us to discuss training opportunities for your school district or community-based organization.  Student Mental Health trainings can be customized specific to the student health, wellness and school safety content areas that they are seeking to address.

Topics include:

  • QPR Gatekeeper Training
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Eliminating Barriers to Learning Through the Early Identification of Student Mental Health Issues

The Stanislaus County Office of Education Prevention Programs Department is pleased to offer these trainings to support student wellness and school safety efforts.  Training is conducted by department staff and partners who have been trained to deliver the programs and have project experience in the content area.  These programs can be scheduled in school, community or workplace settings and are available to any organization interested in hosting.  Unless other arrangements are made with SCOE, host agencies will be responsible for participant recruitment and registration, facility reservation and room setup.  SCOE can provide all necessary equipment if the designated training room does not have a built in system that meets the needs of the training.  The costs for each training program cover trainer fees and local travel (within Stanislaus County).  Additional costs for participant materials are listed where applicable.  Some of the training programs can be tailored for specific audience groups and customized with district-specific data and activities.  Please contact us for more information on these and other specialized services available to assist you in insuring student wellness and school safety.

Other Resources and Links

  • Prevention Services Training coordinated by the Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Prevention and Early Intervention team

Statewide Online Clearinghouse
This clearinghouse of resources and regional best practices is provided to assist California county offices of education, districts and schools to develop and implement effective programs and services that promote the mental health and wellness of students in grades K-8, with linkages to preschool and grades 9-12. Website address:


For more information contact:
Vicki Bauman, Prevention Programs Director III: vbauman [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org or 238-1361

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