“Mental Health First Aid” Being Offered By Superintendent’s Office

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools office is offering a new program aimed at helping adults gain a better grasp on how to help children struggling with their mental health.

Tatia Hunter-Jennings coordinates the program and says the eight-hour course takes a new approach.

“This is like CPR, but for mental health issues,” she said. “People, when they see someone struggling with a physical issue, are going to respond. But, if it’s a mental health issue, that seems to not the the case.”

Hunter-Jennings says the courses are already underway, and are the first of their kind in Kern County.

More information on the program can be found here. People interested in the training are urged to call Hunter at (661) 852-5663.

– Anthony Pollreisz