Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Posted: October 24, 2022
As part of Randolph Township’s commitment to the Morris County Stigma-Free Initiative, the Randolph Township Municipal Alliance Committee (MAC) is offering this Youth Mental Health First Aid training. The training will take place Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Resurrection Parish, 651 Millbrook Avenue in Randolph.
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a 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.
What it covers:
- Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
- Common signs and symptoms of substance use.
- How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis.
- How to connect the person with help.
- Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying.
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.). The MAC will be scheduling more youth- and adult-focused trainings in the future.