Montgomery County Schools staff become more mental health aware

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MONTGOMERY CO., Va. (WDBJ7) More people within Montgomery County Schools will be ready to help a student when they're in need.

The school division is currently training all employees in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

The certification gives staff the confidence and tools needed to identify students who may be in crisis and find them resources that can help.

"In the same way that we would want First Aid CPR to be trained we want that same awareness, that same response because one in four of our youth are experiencing a mental health illness, experience mental health trauma," said Julie Neely, the student assistance program coordinator.

Montgomery County is one of three school divisions in the state using this training to help students.