As part of emotional wellness, it is important that we tune in to our feelings and build healthy relationships. Henrico Prevention Services offers two great curriculums to bring awareness to emotional wellness. Both are community programs and are implemented in various settings. These two programs are called Safe Dates and Mental Health First Aid. Safe Dates is a curriculum that we implement upon request to High School students in Henrico County Public Schools. Mental Health First Aid is provided to anyone across the county with approved request.
Mental Health is an important aspect of wellness. Many factors can impact one’s personal mental health or that of a friend, family member, or neighbor. Approximately 1 in 5 adults (18.5%) experience a mental illness in any given year in the US. And approximately 1 in 5 youth ages 13-18 (21.4%), experience a severe mental disorder during their lifetime (NIMH) Mental illness is misunderstood, is treatable, and people can recover with the appropriate services and supports. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour training offered to Henrico, Charles City and New Kent Counties by HAMHDS Prevention Services. The evidence-based course teaches how to help a person (youth or adult) developing a mental health problem or crisis. Participants learn the signs and symptoms of a mental health problem or illness, a 5-step action plan to offer assistance, and where to find appropriate local resources.
Meaningful and healthy relationships are important to human development. Healthy relationships allow individuals to connect with others on a personal level and can create a support system that serves as a protective factor to the many challenges that youth and adults face in society. The Safe Dates curriculum is implemented with 9th grade students in Henrico County Schools. This program focuses on preventing teen dating violence by identifying characteristics that one looks for in a dating relationship, red flags, and supportive and professional community-based resources.