Blue Valley school leaders get ‘mental health first aid’ training as concerns over students’ wellness increase

Blue Valley district administrators came together recently to take the Mental Health First Aid training at Hilltop Conference Center in Overland Park. The national training course, sponsored locally by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, teaches participants about mental health and substance use challenges among children ages 6-18. Photo credit Nikki Lansford.

Blue Valley School District leaders took several hours out of their morning last week to become more well-versed in mental health training through the Mental Health First Aid program.

The national skills-based training course, sponsored locally by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, trains educators on being able to meet the needs of kids ages 6-18 facing mental health and substance use challenges.