The CAST program is an evidenced based intervention program that will be launched in the fall of 2015. This school based suicide prevention program will be piloted at Central High School. The program will provide support with assisting students between the ages of 14-19 utilize appropriate coping strategies to deal with stress. The training sessions target three overall goals: Increased mood management (depression and anger), improved school performance and decrease drug involvement.
The Boys Town Model is an example of a success-oriented program of personalized social skills instruction. Boys’ Town has demonstrated that schools can significantly reduce discipline problems, while directly and humanely teaching vital life skills in a positive school climate. Boys Town is one of the few programs that can be integrated into the entire school day and across the curriculum, and can be applied by parents and guardians at home. The model will be utilized by those Soars/AIMS teachers and paraprofessional who seek to enhance the social and emotional needs of the students at many of the Bridgeport public schools.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis. This training introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns, builds understanding of their impact and overviews common approaches. The goal is to train as many school personnel in the Bridgeport Public Schools.