“Go-to” Educator Training is a companion program to the Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide, and can be implemented independently, or as part of a package that includes the Guide. “Go-to” educators can be subject or classroom teachers, student service providers (guidance counsellors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, etc.), principals, or other staff members identified by the school. Because this training is provided to educators and local health/mental health care providers concurrently, its impact goes well beyond the usually expected improvements in knowledge and stigma reduction to enhance collaboration between education and health sectors, advancing improved access to needed assessment and care for young people.
Training addresses all aspects of mental health literacy plus case identification, triage, referral and support, and is delivered using a train-the-trainer model, thus sustainably and frugally embedding necessary expertise into existing education systems. Training takes one day using PowerPoints and additional reading material. It can be combined with the Guide training for teachers to create a comprehensive mental health literacy foundation for schools and education systems alike.