Coaches Get Trained in Mental Health First Aid

by Billy Chandler
College and university students have unique stress and risk factors related to the demands of school; balancing academic, social and employment responsibilities while being independent and away from family, friends and other support — often for the first time.

That stress can increase when you add in responsibilities as student-athletes. On May 3, 2018, Emory & Henry College hosted a workshop for all full-time coaches on the topic of mental first aid.

Mental Health First Aid USA is training — like regular First Aid or CPR — designed to give people the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize and respond to the warning signs of specific illnesses.

Statistics show that 75 percent of mental illnesses develop before age 25, making colleges ideal locations for early identification. However, the number one reason students say they do not use mental health resources is lack of knowledge that those resources even exist.

Emory & Henry College students have access to the Powell Resource Center (PRC), a place established to provide a comprehensive support network dedicated to the growth and development of every student. A variety of services including academic success, counseling services, disability support and the Quantitative Literacy Center, are provided for students as they go through their college experience.

“We targeted athletics because when we looked at the data from last year and noticed that athletes were under represented in the students we serve in the PRC,” said Todd Stanley, a certified instructor in Mental Health and First Aid and a counselor in the PRC.

Mental Health First Aid teaches participants a five-step action plan, ALGEE, to support someone developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis:

  1. Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  2. Listen nonjudgmentally
  3. Give reassurance and information
  4. Encourage appropriate professional help
  5. Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education is designed with colleges’ and universities’ unique culture and resources in mind. Training students, faculty and others in higher education settings how to recognize the symptoms of emerging mental illnesses or to assist young adults in a mental health crisis can help lessen the severity and impact of mental illnesses.

“One of the big things we want all of our participants to walk away with is noticing skills,” said Stanley. “We want to help train them to have their ears and eyes peeled to recognize warning signs or symptoms early so they can intervene and direct the student for support.”

Stanley said mental first aid is not about treatment it is about noticing something is wrong and being able to reach out. Part of the training tackled the issue of how signs of a mental health problem might present itself in the locker room or on the field.

Upon completion, all coaches received a certification in mental health first aid that is good for three years. The college will be hosting another training later this summer for faculty and staff.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg" alt="Celeste Gaia" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/76,0,2208,2133/15758_CelesteGaia-Fulbright_4-12-24_067.rev.1713799830.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2132" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a">Emory & Henry Director and Professor Granted a Fulbright Award</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Gaia Awarded Fulbright Honoring International Education Administrators</p><a href="/live/news/3483-emory-henry-director-and-professor-granted-a" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg" alt="Hope Award recipients" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2134" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi">Emory & Henry Recognizes Those Who are Committed to Service with Hope Awards</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The Hope Awards were recently presented by the Appalachian Center for Civic Life at Emory & Henry to six outstanding members of Emory & Henry College faculty, staff, a graduate and an undergraduate student, a community member and an organization or service project.</p><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry student Destinee Nikole on stage" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1364" data-max-h="1363" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at">Emory & Henry Senior First Acting Fellow at Barter Theatre</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Senior at Emory & Henry First to Receive Barter Theatre’s Black Fellowship</p><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3030-emory-henry-honored-as-an-affordable-college"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.png 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.png" alt="Recognized for exceptional value, Emory & Henry College stands out among its national peers in providing affordable education." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1450,815/14182_Fall_Drone_CoD.rev.1690559385.png 3x" data-max-w="1450" data-max-h="815" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3030-emory-henry-honored-as-an-affordable-college">Emory & Henry Honored as an Affordable College of Distinction</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College has been awarded a prestigious distinction for its commitment to affordability compared to other institutions. The recognition comes from Colleges of Distinction, a resource that selects schools based on the quality and diversity of hands-on experiences rather than relying on traditional rankings.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3030-emory-henry-honored-as-an-affordable-college" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers in the Semester-A-Trail Program, the only program in..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic">Emory & Henry Only College to Offer Academic Credit for Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the U.S.</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), 25 Emory & Henry students earned college credit while studying in the great outdoors. They participated in the Semester-A-Trail Program – the only program in the United States that offers college credit for hiking a section of the A.T. with an academic component and training. The Center for Outdoor Studies at Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3377-emory-henry-holds-academic-signing-day-for"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.jpg" alt="35th B. G. Raines Education Forum" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/780,0,2393,1614/15506_BG-Raines-Education-Forum_3-19-24_1349.rev.1711048330.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1613" data-max-h="1614" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3377-emory-henry-holds-academic-signing-day-for">Emory & Henry Holds Academic Signing Day for Future Teachers in the Region</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The Emory & Henry College Department of Education held a successful 35th B. G. Raines Education Forum on Tuesday, March 19 in Abingdon at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center where two future teachers committed to two different educational pathways now offered at Emory & Henry.</p><a href="/live/news/3377-emory-henry-holds-academic-signing-day-for" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry faculty walking into the chapel." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at">Emory & Henry Celebrates Community and Alumni at 187th Founding Day, Alumni Stephen and Jessica Callahan Founders of Tennessee Hills Distillery Served as Keynote</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The 187th annual Founding Day Convocation at Emory & Henry College was celebrated on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Each year, Founding Day is celebrated with a keynote speaker and awards ceremony honoring distinguished alumni and philanthropic members of the community.</p><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>