Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

If you saw someone choking, chances are, you would know exactly what to do. If you saw someone having a panic attack, chances are you wouldn’t know what to do.

There is a real health crisis for our kids, one in five children have a diagnosable mental health challenge that can be helped with professional intervention and treatment. Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an 8-hour training class consisting of keynote speakers and breakout sessions, designed to equip teachers, nurses, coaches, parents, etc. on how to recognize the signs and also respond appropriately to a child experiencing a mental health crisis.

YMHFA introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and eating disorders.

Thanks to a community grant from the Linn County Supervisors the 2019 Youth Mental Health First Aid classes are offered to our community free of charge. Join us for this important educational session.

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