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Youth Mental Health
First Aid Training

Sponsored by the CSIU WATCH Project

Friday, September 23, 2016

At the Central Susquehanna IU
90 Lawton Lane, Milton

7:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Training

Cost:  $60 

Registration will be open soon.

  • 1/2 hour for lunch and short breaks scheduled.
  • Certification and Act 48 hours will be awarded.

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
Health First Aid training?

Adults who regularly interact
with adolescents (12 to 18 years old): 

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.