Youth – Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
WHAT IS IT? An 8-hour interactive course reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents while emphasizing the importance of early intervention and how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Topics covered include: anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Adult participants will learn a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help and/or community resources.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people: parents, family members, caregivers, educators/school staff (including front office staff, coaches, bus drivers), health and human services workers, public safety and first responders, CASA/mentor volunteers, and other caring citizens.