To promote and enhance mental health by increasing community awareness, encouraging early screening and intervention and reducing stigma associated with mental illness.
“I graduated from nurturing parenting. It has helped me to be a more nurturing parent, by how to better interact and coming up with healthier alternatives to discipline.” -– Daniela Thompson
Mental health is a major component to an individual’s overall well being. It plays a role in our overall ability to handle stress, contribute to community, and work productively. We all experience different levels of mental health throughout our lives and responding to challenges early on offers the best chance for recovery. Tehama County Behavioral Health Services offers parenting classes, suicide prevention including TeenScreen services and implements “Each Mind Matters” a statewide movement to increase community awareness and reduce stigma associated with mental illness.
As part of Tehama County’s suicide prevention initiative to increase the number of youth enrolled in behavioral health services, TCHSA has implemented TeenScreen. The TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups from Columbia University is an evidence-based, national mental health and suicide risk screening initiative for middle- and high-school age adolescents. The mission of the TeenScreen is to expand and improve the early identification of mental health problems in youth. In particular, TeenScreen is aimed to identify young people at risk of suicide or developing mental health disorders so they could be referred for a comprehensive mental health evaluation by a health professional. The program focuses on providing screening to young people in the 11-18 age range.
TeenScreen includes a computer based screening process with researched and validated questionnaires, administered by a clinician. Once the response to the questionnaire is reviewed, any adolescent identified as being at possible risk for suicide or other mental health concerns is then assessed by a mental health professional to determine whether mental health services are needed. Contact Behavioral Health for a screening.
The Nurturing Parenting program provides parents with the opportunity to learn new skills and strategies to help make their job of parenting easier and more rewarding for both the parent and the child. Special focus areas include but are not limited to teen parents, parents who are in recovery and those who are trying to break free from unhealthy parenting patterns that they experienced as a child. Classes are free and can vary in length between 12-25 sessions. For more information contact Behavioral Health 527-8491 ext. 3068
Behavioral Health offers several free trainings throughout the year on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. Mental Health First Aid teaches risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems. It also provides information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders. This workshop provides a 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis and gives direction for getting help.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – (ASIST)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is the world’s leading suicide intervention model shown to significantly reduce suicidality. During a two-day interactive workshop, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST is for anyone desiring to learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. The more people in the community who have suicide intervention training, the more likely it is they will be able to identify someone at risk and intervene to keep them safe.
safeTALK is a half-day training in suicide alertness. It helps participants recognize a person with thoughts of suicide and connect them with resources who can help them in choosing to live. Participants don’t need any formal preparation to attend the training—anyone age 15 or older who wants to make a difference can learn the safeTALK steps. safeTALK is 3-4 hours.
Mental Health Month Activities