Mental Health First Aid, which teaches students to help each other and create an action plan for supporting their mental health, has helped families as well as students, says program developer Belinda Shea, the school counselor at Alta-Aurelia High School in Alta, Iowa. "During the class, we were told, 'If you see something, say something,'" said sophomore Lily Schulenberg. "The one that really stuck out to me is 'It's OK to not be OK.'" The program comes as a record number of kids in need of mental health care crashes up against a lack of access to care in the US. "A huge part of this program is not only examining or discovering some of the mental health challenges that we have, but talking so very much about the supports that are available and how people can feel better when they experience some of these challenges," Shea said.

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