This is an 8-hour public education program, which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 20 percent of youth live with a mental health condition, and the onset for many mental illnesses is during adolescence. Untreated, mental illness can lead to serious negative outcomes. Youth Mental Health First Aid training gives individuals the tools to know how and when to help.
What will participants learn?
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Like CPR, participants learn how to be a first responder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen nonjudgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
The Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12 – 18.
Who should take the course?
Anyone 18 or older can take Youth Mental Health First Aid, but it is recommended for those who regularly have contact with young people ages 12 – 18 (teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders and other caring citizens).
Date and Location
This workshop will take place at CES in Northampton:
- October 4, 2019, 8:30am – 5:00pm (Register by Sept 27)
- January 17, 2020, 8:30am – 5:00pm (Register by Jan 10)
- May 8, 2020, 8:30am – 5:00pm (Register by May 1)
Cost and Registration
This event is provided free of cost with grant funding from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Space is limited. Please pre-register.
All open-enrollment courses will now include a full lunch. Please note any dietary preferences when registering.