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FREE Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
October 9, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Why Youth Mental Health First Aid?
- 64.1% of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment – Mental Health America
- 1 in 5 teens & young adults lives with a mental health condition – National Alliance for Mental Illness
- 5.13% of youth report having a substance use or alcohol problem – Mental Health America
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen non judgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
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Register at: http://bit.ly/YouthMHFATraining
WHAT IT COVERS
- Common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group, including:
- Eating disorders
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
- How to interact with an adolescent in crisis.
- How to connect the adolescent with help.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
- School staff
- Camp counselors
- Youth group leaders
- People who work with youth
“As adults, we sometimes forget how hard it was being an adolescent. When we see a kid who is just miserable at school, we might think they choose to be that way — or that it’s just part of adolescence. But in fact, they might be in a mental health crisis, one they certainly did not choose and do not want. When a teacher says, ‘How can I be helpful?’ that is a powerful question.”— Alyssa Fruchtenicht, School-based Mental Health Counselor