The Green Bandana Program on CampusTwo Full days of Suicide Prevention Training, Mental Health Awareness, and Small Group Trainings implementing a new program in your school that brings Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention to the forefront and teaches advocacy and reaching out for help by showing that help is everywhere in the building. Jeff will train your student leaders how to be a “Trusted Friend” on campus. These students will sign a pledge and wear a Green Bandana that represents they are a “Trusted Friend” and their available to speak to.
The Green Bandana ProjectThey will be trained on how to listen and how to ask the “Are you suicidal” question and “Do you have a plan” question. They will be trained to persuade and refer the student with “RED FLAGS” to speak to a “Trusted Adult” and contact Guidance Counselors and Administration right away. These “Trusted Friends” are students that see their peers hurting before the students hit the schools radar. Without these “Trusted Friends” and their training we will continue to lose students to suicide that we could have saved had there been “Trusted Friends” a student in need could reach out to.
Trainings on Campus
Becoming a Green School CommunityChanging the school climate and school culture is a lot easier than you think. As many states are making suicide prevention training mandatory it’s not enough. We have a responsibility to do more and to bring this issue of Mental Health to the forefront and Jeff helps you do just that. First, Jeff comes in and speaks about Suicide Prevention and Teen Mental Health. Then, Jeff will train your school staff to be “Trusted Adults.” Not every teacher or staff members wants this responsibility, but those that want to be “Trusted Adults” will go through an extra hour of training and will receive a sticker and a poster for their classroom door entering the classroom and a poster for their classroom. They will also be given a green bandana representing who they are as well. The same bandana the teachers or staff will have are also the same bandanas the students leaders who go through the training will receive representing they’re “Trusted Friends.” Before any of the Training, Jeff likes to do a school assembly for all staff and students. This builds the respect and trust and sets the tone for Jeff being on campus. Understand, not all our students are dealing with mental illness. Therefore, Jeff carefully makes this clear and delivers a message, “About Life” rather than just a message about Mental Health. Before moving forward with this day, Jeff and the school administration and counselors will make sure they’re on the same page with what the school needs, their theme, what needs further addressing, etc. The whole assembly covers many of issues that each of our students are dealing with such as:
- Not being afraid to ask for help
- Creating a Plan of Success