Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid (Y-MHFA) USA is an 8-hour, evidenced-based, public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents. Y-MHFA builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 is working in partnership with BHSSBC, Inc.
Community Foundation for the Alleghenies (CFA) United Way of the Laurel Highlands (UWLH) to provide Y-MHFA training and materials at no cost to Local Educational Agencies serviced by the Intermediate Unit 8. Additional information can be found at: www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org
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:
- Substance use disorder
- Eating disorders
- Disruptive behavior disorders
The course will teach participants how 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
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?
- School Staff
- Law Enforcement
- Youth Group Leaders
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 from 9:00am-1:00pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 from 9:00am-1:00pm
*attendance both days is required