Eau Claire (WQOW)- Mental health issues are up in the Eau Claire Area School District, and soon staff will be able to do something about it.
Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan are giving more than $41,000 to train 10 staff members and five community members.
Jodi Hubbard, the positive behavior and interventions support coordinator with the Eau Claire Area School District, said they have some programs in place to help some mental health needs, but knew they needed to do more, that's why they applied for the grant.
The money will pay for an eight hour in-person training program, designed to give participants the skills to help students ages 12 through 18 with mental illness.
"So, there's this youth risk behavior survey that students take in the fall, and we got the results of that and we look at it every year. but the results confirmed that we have 49 percent of our students in our high school, middle school that report having a mental health need," said Hubbard.
At the end of August, the school district hopes the National Council for Behavioral Health can come and teach the Mental First Aid class.
They'll also be able to spread the knowledge during that training, they'll learn how to teach their skills to others and those 15 people trained will then teach those mental first aid classes.
They hope to hold about 15 of them, they'll be free, and anyone can sign up.
By the end of the next school year, the school district hopes to have about 300 faculty members trained in mental health first aid.