Online Emphasis on Mental Health
The MU program focuses on educators who can reach kids in trouble every day. MU Graduate Students work to bring mental health awareness to school personnel through an online degree program.
"The program offers an area of education, mental health, that students in other programs don't get in their training," explained MU Graduate Student Andrew Selders.
MU's degree programs with an emphasis on mental health are the first online programs of their kind in the nation. Selders says the programs help prepare school employees.
"Nowadays people in schools have to deal with a lot of other issues other than making sure they are learning appropriately. There are a lot of behavior issues and mental health issues that they now have to become stakeholders in. So this is really and opportunity for them to become better advocates, to have a better knowledge base to serve these children," said Selders.
The program also offers topic specific courses. Students are currently developing courses on suicide, an issue that goes hand in hand with mental health.
"As mental health problems increase, suicide is also increasing because most suicides can be attributed to mental health problems," explained MU Graduate Student Jason Parkin. He says the suicide courses will be available in the next three months.
Students and faculty of the center for the advancement of mental health practices say they focus their mental health courses on prevention, advocacy and early intervention.