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Janitors among employees to receive mental illness training

February 1, 2013

MIAMI, FL — Miami-Dade County middle and high school teachers, cafeteria workers and janitors will receive training on how to identify early-warning signs of mental illness, according to the Miami Herald.

afp logoThe training will begin in March and is to be used as a tool to prevent acts of violence like the shooting that killed 20 students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the article stated.

According to the article, the program is called "Typical or Troubled," and was designed 14 years ago by the American Psychiatric Foundation after the mass shooting at Columbine High School.

The training will first be administered by mental health professionals to about 100 school district psychologists and counselors who will, in turn, train other employees, the article noted.

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