Mental Health Education
Our goal is to provide mental health education to Individuals and Families, Businesses and Schools, Athletic Directors and Law Enforcement Personnel.
We seek to break the silence, to reduce the stigma and destructive behaviors often associated with mental health issues and illnesses, and to move away from crisis-based response to prevention through education.
Simply put, our goal is to be proactive! For too long, we have watched as a lack of mental health education has led to the:
- Destruction of Families
- Loss of Jobs
- The inability to be successful in school
- Inappropriate institutional Discipline
Our mental health forums provide information regarding:
- Signs and symptoms of mental health issues and illnesses.
- Best use Psychiatric Medications.
- Customized Mental Health Plans to help someone be successful in life or institutions modify its Behavioral Health Plans.
Educational, corporate and law enforcement systems have not updated their discipline and management policies to address people with mental health differences. This in an environment where:
- One in four teens will experience a mental health issue.
- Suicide is now the second leading cause of death of individuals between the ages of 14 to 23.
- A study of 400 police shootings showed that 25% of the injured persons suffered from a mental health disorder.
- School Zero Tolerance Polices disproportionally effect children and teens with MentalHealth Disorders.
Mental Health Education is more than just our passion. It represents an opportunity for WellMed Psychiatric Consultants to help create comprehensive and multifaceted custom programs that help ensure schools, workplaces and our community are caring and supportive places for people with Mental Health Differences.
Discipline in the Classrooms:
School-based Behavioral Management Plans for children with ADHD tend to focus on discipline and not independence or age appropriate rewards.
For example, middle school students with ADHD are often very creative, funny, and delightful. They can also be oversensitive, hyperactive, forgetful and impulsive. Leading to disruptive behavior making it tough for a teacher to manage the student and/or their classroom.
Often strong punishment is the measure used to correct this behavior. This leads to a disproportionate amount of students with ADHD being disciplined and/or suspended from school.
The WellMed Psychiatric Consultant can work in partnership with school administrators to create reward-based policies, coupled with Med-Management as necessary, that teach children with ADHD to better manage their own behavior. The end result would be a self-reliant child whose behavior creates less classroom disruptions.
The IEP is an individualized education plan, a document written for a child with a disability that identifies needs, sets goals and lists services to insure optimal educational and vocational outcomes. Often the IEP process can be intimidating and overwhelming to parents. Our goal is to help parents “Take Action” and become engaged participants in the development and implementation of an effective IEP.
Children with ADHD can be successfully supported in a mainstream setting. With the right strategies in place, your child can achieve their full potential. A good understanding of ADHD and its impact in the classroom is the first important step. A bank of creative ideas that encourage learning in children with ADHD will benefit all children, thereby supporting teachers.
School creates multiple challenges for children with attention deficit disorder, but with patience and an effective custom plan created by our group that will help overcome these obstacles, your child with ADD/ADHD can thrive in the classroom.
ADHD & Sports:
Many children with ADHD and/or ADHD like symptoms can benefit from the participation in sports. The sport can become an outlet for their energy and can help to raise their self-esteem. However, learning the rules of team sports can be tough for any kid, let alone a child who is also juggling ADHD.
Our goal at WellMed is to teach parents and coaches to help children follow directions, learn the value of teamwork and discover their place on the field.
Mental Health and Law Enforcement:
Law enforcement must now act as first responders for the nation’s mental health and addictions crisis. And yet a majority of officers are not trained on how to safely interact with people experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, leaving both the officer and our community members vulnerable to tragedy.
We must ensure people with mental illness get the treatment and support they need. WellMed Psychiatric Consultants can help equip law enforcement to properly recognize mental health challenges among their peers, in their communities and teach deescalating strategies that can potentially save lives.