SHS leads the way for the state . . . once again!
Sheridan High School is partnering with Allies of Indiana to offer the first youth emotional CPR (eCPR) training in the state of Indiana. Allies of Indiana is a peer-run community-based organization that provides recovery inspiration, hope, support and education to individuals working toward mental and lifestyle wellness.
“We know that mental health awareness is vitally important to the well-being of our students, staff, and community,” Sheridan Community Schools Superintendent Mary Roberson said. “We are honored to be (on the) ground floor of this exciting project and are grateful to Allies of Indiana and the staff and students of Sheridan High School for making it possible to promote mental health well-being through this innovative program.”
This is the first youth eCPR program to be offered in the state of Indiana through grant funds from the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction. Sheridan staff recommended 16 students, grades freshman through junior, to become certified in the program. A second round of youth will be trained beginning mid-April.
eCPR is an evidence-based educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis based on the principles found to be shared by a number of support approaches: trauma-informed care, counseling after disasters, peer support to avoid continuing emotional despair, emotional intelligence, suicide prevention and cultural attunement.
A link for more information on eCPR can be found at www.emotional-ecpr.org.
NaKaisha Tolbert-Banks, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Adult and Youth eCPR Trainer, along with a great team through Allies of Indiana, has worked with Carrie Bennett, Sheridan’s Project AWARE Mental Health Coordinator, and the staff of Sheridan High School to bring Youth eCPR to life and train students of Sheridan to be the first of their peers to be able to utilize these skills to better support, listen to, and benefit others in an emotional crisis.