SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A measure supported by state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, that would ensure teachers are trained on how to identify and respond to the early signs of mental health irregularities has passed the Illinois House.
“Teachers are often the first to notice mental health problems in their students, but unfortunately are not always adequately trained to address them,” said Mussman. “This bill allows for school districts to develop a counseling strategy specific to their needs that can help prevent a future tragedy from happening when our kids experience emotional distress.”
Mussman recently voted to pass House Bill 4658, which requires school districts to expand existing professional development training for teachers to include techniques on how to identify the warning signs of mental illness and suicidal behavior in youth. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which is an opportunity to remind ourselves that we should be committed to promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness in our daily lives.
“As a mother and elected official, I am committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our kids,” said Mussman. “Not just during Mental Health Awareness Month, but at all times we should take appropriate preventative measures to make sure that students who are struggling receive the support they need to succeed.”