PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a practicing psychologist, Laura Jandras Huff
understands the serious importance of spotting and treating mental illness as soon as possible. As a professional in the industry, she understands that the key to combatting mental health issues is to designate the root of the issue and come to terms with the condition in a timely fashion. Thus, she is in large support of a new initiative addressed in a new article
on NBC News.
Teachers across the United States are returning to the classroom themselves in order to learn how to spot cases of mental illness in students. The effort is part of a significant plan to prevent future school violence. With cases such as last year's Sandy Hook shootings and most recently the Georgia elementary school incident, schools officials are beginning to realize the serious need that exists for helping those affected by mental illness.
The teacher-training program, "Typical or troubled?" is headed by the American Psychiatric Foundation and allows all staff members, ranging from custodians and teachers to staff members and counselors, to get involved in the valuable initiative. The school staff is specifically trained to spot indicators of mental illness, such as persistent sadness, irritability and changes in eating habits. If such symptoms are recognized, parents or guardians of students are notified and action is taken, either with a school counselor or private specialist.
"I'm a huge supporter of the initiative. This is a significant step forward for public school systems, which have typically taken an unconcerned approach in detecting mental illness in the classroom," said Laura Jandras Huff. "The classroom is where most students are spending their formative years. It is a place where teachers can, and should, notice when things go awry."
According to a recent poll, around 59 percent of Americans feel that the most effective way to promote the safety of schools is to make mental health services available. Many citizens are beginning to speak up on the subject, admitting that they wish they had such a program when they were students in school. A Miami resident, Justin Volpe, says his mental illness led him down a path of self-medication in the form of narcotics, as he did not have a source of professional help readily available to him while he was a student.
"What the APF is doing is wonderful. My hope is that all schools will understand this program's validity and start implementing the program, sooner rather than later. It could significantly help to reduce the atrocious acts we are seeing throughout elementary, middle and high schools today," Laura Jandras Huff added.
Laura Jandras Huff is a professional practicing psychologist that understands the hardships of mental illness. Her passion for creating a safe haven for those struggling with such issues has given her the reputation as having one of the most successful practices in the area. Huff is dedicated to providing awareness to the entire community by spreading the word about mental illness and its debilitating effects. So far, her efforts have allowed her to provide aid to more than 100 individuals suffering from some kind of mental health issue.