Youth Mental Health
Sponsored by the CSIU WATCH Project
Friday, September 23, 2016
At the Central Susquehanna IU
7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration
Registration will be open soon.
The Youth Mental Health First Aid Training is an 8-hour certification course that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.
Who should take Youth Mental
Adults who regularly interact
Teachers, Coaches, Mentors
Juvenile Justice Professionals
Foster Care Professionals
First-Responders, Fire, Police
State Policymakers, Volunteers and
The General Public
Older Adolescents in Peer Support Roles
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 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 a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis.
Youth Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, and self-help care.
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