Youth Mental Health First Aid
About the Event
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an 8-hour education program which introduces participants to the unique factors and warning signs of mental health issues in adolescents. This interactive course increases understanding of early intervention and teaches participants how to help a young person in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
What will participants learn?
The courses use role-playing activities and simulations to teach participants the risk factors and warning signs on a variety of mental health challenges faced by youth. The course covers anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders and substance use disorder. Participants learn real-life skills that can be applied to non-crisis and crisis situations, including threats of suicide.
Who should take the course?
Any adult that regularly interacts with young people would benefit from this course. Groups that are encouraged to take the training include teachers, school staff, parents, grandparents, coaches, youth group leaders, camp counselors, babysitters, hospital staff, business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, mentors and the general public.