Who should take this course?
The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.), but is being tested for appropriateness within older adolescent groups (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction.
What will course participants learn?
This course teaches participants the 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. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn 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: 1) Assess for risk of suicide or harm, 2) Listen nonjudgmentally, 3) Give reassurance and information, 4) Encourage appropriate professional help, and 5) Encourage self-help and other support strategies. The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18.
More information about the course: www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org
Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Faith Dyer - Living Rooms 146/147
FREE (Lunch provided)
Max capacity: 25