May 29th Event to Highlight Effort to Ensure all Students Have Access to High Quality and Coordinated Behavior and Mental Health Supports
May 27, 2014 -Suwanee, GA – The Will To Live Foundation today announced that Founder, John Trautwein, will be the keynote speaker at the Boston Public Schools’ Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model Showcase on May 29, 2014 at the Boston Public Library.
The invitation only event will gather leaders in the mental health and education fields to discuss how the Boston Public School’s Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model will create a safe and supportive learning environment in which students may grow and thrive academically, personally, and socially. The model promotes positive school climate; integrates supports and services within schools; and recognizes family and community partnerships as an integral part of a school’s success.
Trautwein, a former pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, formed the non-profit Will To Live Foundation with his wife, after the tragic suicide loss of his son Will back in October, 2010. He will discuss the Will To Live Foundation’s role in improving the lives and “Will To Live” of teenagers everywhere through education and mental health and encouraging teens to recognize the love and hope that exists in each other.
“I am thrilled to participate in the Boston Public School’s Showcase event and to help champion their Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model. The challenges the kids of today face are daunting, and I’m thrilled to be a part of Boston Public Schools efforts to build a multi-tiered system of support for addressing student’s behavioral and mental health.” said John Trautwein, who’s “Life Teammates®” concept of kids helping kids has been recognized around the country. “The more the students, and their parents, recognize mental health as an important component in their overall health, the more successful these kids will be both academically and in life.”
The following day, John will be the “autograph alley” Red Sox alumnus at Fenway Park during the Red Sox vs. Braves ball game.
The Will To Live Foundation has been a long-standing partner with Screening for Mental Health, Inc. and its SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. The implementation of the SOS Program is one component of the supportive intervention portion of the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model. With funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, this evidenc
e-based program will be offered to students in grades 6-12. Boston Public Schools has also offered half-day training for school psychologists on the SOS Program.
The Boston Public Schools Comprehensive Behavior Health Model was developed in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital, UMASS Boston, and Screening for Mental Health, Inc. To learn more, visit cbhmboston.com.
About the Will To Live Foundation
Will-To-Live Foundation is a non-profit foundation that is dedicated to preventing teen suicide and improving the lives and “Will To Live” of teenagers everywhere. WTL does this through education, motivation, consultation, charity, support and most importantly love and fellowship. WTL works for and through young adults to help them always find the good in life and a “Will To Live” through all of life’s trials.