Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center Newsletter
Issue: # 3November, 2012 
Welcome to the Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center Newsletter

Vision:  Every Child Safe, Healthy and Connected
Mission:  The Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center builds the capacity of Wisconsin School Districts to implement programs that effectively prevent and intervene in alcohol and other drug abuse and violent behaviors among students in order to reduce these barriers to learning.
Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools 

Children's Mental Health Most Important Aspect


Children need to have a good mental health status if they are going to live up to their full potential and truly live a life that is filled with positive experiences and the willingness to do what is best for themselves and the people around them.


There are a myriad of factors that can impact a child's mental health status, both positively and negatively. Providing children with an environment that demonstrates love, compassion, trust, and understanding will greatly impact a child so that they can build on these stepping stones to have a productive lifestyle. Many children do not receive that type of lifestyle though. Some children have to deal with a childhood that is filled with angst, resentment, hatred, distrust, and constant negativity. They have a difficult time coping with their emotions. These children will usually make excellent candidates for mental health programs. It is a difficult process for any person, let alone a child, to overcome such adversity but being proactive and doing all that you can for the child will at least help their mental health in some positive fashion.


Some children may also be born with mental health issues. These issues are a product of nature rather than nurture so the child may have a more difficult time dealing with his or her emotional state. Many children just naturally feel depressed or have anxiety issues. When these issues are not dealt with in the proper fashion, the children tend to have lower self-esteem and they struggle in the educational environment.


Children with mental health issues will have a difficult time acclimating to different situations. Studies have shown that these children, if left untreated by a mental health professional, will likely to grow up and repeat these same behaviors with their children. These children tend to have a lower self-worth, negative feelings, perform poorly in school, and later become involved in unhealthy lifestyle decisions. However, when these children are properly treated they can learn how to live a more promising life. They can overcome many of the issues that affect them without their consent. These children can live happy and productive lives that are filled with love, harmony, and a great mental health status.


Here in Wisconsin Rogers InHealth (formerly InHealth Wisconsin) has been advocating for early childhood mental health training for teachers. After receiving a grant in 2010, InHealth developed "It's Time! Classroom Mental Health Supports", a workshop designed for educators. Additionally, staff from InHealth created a website with videos featuring teachers demonstrating strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviors in their classrooms. Check out the website at: http://teachingminute.com/


The WSHN Center is hosting a series of "It's Time!" workshops:

Register Online:

 January 25 (Oshkosh) http://www.myquickreg.com/event/event.cfm?eventid=5460


 March 18 (West Salem) http://www.myquickreg.com/event/event.cfm?eventid=5461


DPI Updates from the Student Services Wellness and Prevention Deparment


PREPaRE Workshop #1: Prevention and Preparedness: 

Comprehensive School Safety Planning (2nd Edition)


In this newly updated workshop, participants will learn how to establish and sustain comprehensive school safety and crisis prevention and preparedness efforts. With updated research and strategies, this workshop makes a clearer connection between ongoing school safety and crisis preparedness. It also will emphasize the unique needs and functions of school teams and the steps involved in developing these teams, including a model that integrates school personnel and community provider roles. The PREPaRE model builds on existing personnel, resources and programs, and can be adapted to individual school needs and size. Finally, the workshop explores how to prepare for school crises by developing, exercising, and evaluating safety and crisis plans. This workshop is an excellent course for mental health and educational professionals (School counselors, administrators, teachers, school social workers, school nurses, school psychologists, school liaison/resource officers) working at all grade levels in your district that help establish a safe school climate and respond to crises.


Date:Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Wausau

Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference

Join us December 6 & 7 for Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference at the Kalihari in Wisconsin Dells. Meet your Safe and Healthy Schools Center Technical Assistance Coordinator by introducing yourself to the appropriate TAC for your region and receive a small token of appreciation.


Unmasking Bullying and Covert Aggression (workshop)


Each day, in the U.S. alone, 160,000 children miss school for fear of being tormented by their peers. No child should have to endure name-calling, rumors, gossip, exclusion or bullying from their peers. Participants in this workshop will leave with a better understanding of the roles bystanders play in bullying situations and practical strategies and activities to empower the

bystanders to safely intervene and help create safe social climates for all.Research shows that bystanders intervene in bullying situations only 15% of the time; however, they can improve the social climate 80% of the time. It truly takes just one voice, one act, to make a world of difference.


Dealing with Mental Illness in the Classroom: Strategies for Helping Students with Mental Health Issues in Today's Schools (workshop)


There are ever increasing number of student who are being diagnosed with mental health issues.  It has been estimated that there is approximately 10% of the student population meet the criteria for the diagnosis of depression and 17% with generalized anxiety disorder. It is common for students with these disorders to experience academic and behavioral struggles each day. Participants will learn about the diagnostic characteristics of depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety and Pervasive Development Disorders. Classroom interventions will be offered to assist students both academically and behaviorally so that they can be successful both in and out of school.  This course is designed for teachers and administrators. 


Good Drugs Gone Bad (workshop)


Eighteen percent of Wisconsin high school students have reported taking a prescription drug without a doctor's prescription (2011 Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey)

Teens don't see this behavior as risky. They see their parents taking medicine- and they believe that since medicine is created and tested in a scientific environment it is therefore safer to use than street drugs.


Come and learn about the real dangers of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug abuse.  Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic, cutting across geographic, racial, ethnic and socioeconomic boundaries. Two-thirds (65 percent) of teens who abuse prescription painkillers say they got them from family members and friends (NSDUH, 2010).

Learning Objectives-Participants will:
  • Learn about the growing problem of prescription drug and OTC drug abuse.

  •  Become familiar with emerging drug trends.

  • Experience using the

  •  Good Drugs Gone Bad Toolkit 


    Each participant will receive a copy of the Good Drugs Gone Bad Toolkit
    For more information on any of the trainings go to our website at http://www.wishschools.org/


    Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma: A Community Action Guide presents resources that service providers, advocates, and practitioners can use to better understand and respond to young children whose caregivers are negatively affected by these issues. The Guide offers information, resources, and tips useful for engaging the wider community to come together for children and families in need of support.

    Suicide Prevention
    Teen Connection (call in talk show)

    The December Teen Connection will be focusing on "Suicide". This is a show with a panel made up of experts and teens who have had life experience on the topic. There is a talk show call in line for questions and discussion.
     A lot of the information that will be given out on Teen Connection will also appear on the Facebook page including the important links for help on the various topics we address.


    Students could also submit questions in advance of the show through Facebook for possible inclusion in the broadcast. This could be a very useful communications tool for the students that do not see the Teen Connection program.


    To find the Facebook page search for Wisconsin Teen Connection. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/#!/WisconsinTeenConnection?fref=ts

    QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour.
    A Training of Trainers will be offered in a number of locations around the state. Please look for more information in our next newsletter.
    Please visit us at our new website www.wishschools.org.
    New resources have been added for bullying prevention, mental health and suicide prevention.  It is also a great place to view & register for all of our upcoming events or request a training or technical assistance in your area.
    We hope you find this newsletter a valuable resource.
    Tracy Herlitzke
    Director, Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center

    The Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center is a collaborative project between the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and the CESA Statewide Network (CSN).

    In This Issue
    Childrens Mental Health
    PREPaRE Workshop
    Support Infants and Youth Children
    A Talk Show; topic Suicide
    Quick Links
    click on "myquickreg"

    Classroom Group of elementary
    The Faces of Wisconsin Safe and Healthy School Center
    Director:  Tracy Herlitzke
    Phone:  608-786-4838 
    North (CESA 5, 9, 12)
    Coordinator: Lynn Verage
    West (CESA 4, 10, 11)
    Coordinator: Carol Zabel
    Central (CESA 2, 3, 6)
    Coordinator: Jackie Schoening
    East (CESA 1, 7, 8)
    Coordinator: Christine Kleiman