Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Posted: February 25, 2019
This program will take place Saturday, March 23 and Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Matthew the Apostle Parish, 335 Dover Chester Road in Randolph. Participants must be able to attend both sessions.
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an eight-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, explains the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. This course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, provide help, and connect young people to appropriate care. The program also teaches 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.
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, mental health first aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.).