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Calif. Teachers To Get Training To Help Students With Mental Illness

According to the Centers For Disease Control, 20 percent of high schoolers have early stages of a mental illness and eight percent of high schoolers attempted suicide last year. Training is now coming to the Sacramento area to help those kids.

Hundreds of California teachers and school administrators will be in Rocklin next month to receive training. It's designed to help students cope with suicidal thoughts and mental health problems.

Marlon Morgan is Executive Director of Wellness Together, which is a co-host of the event.

"We have seen a sharp rise in adolescent suicides completed and also anxiety and depression in our young people."

He says the training is designed to help identify a student at the earliest stages of a mental illness or mental health crisis.

"Learn new ways of interacting with them. Some students have been traumatized in the past and really need school to be their safe place, and a place where they can grow in their mental wellness as well as they're being asked to perform academically."

The California Department of Education is co-hosting the event at William Jessup University on April 17.

About 450 teachers and administrators have signed up so far. The training site has a capacity of 700.

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