Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program focused on equipping adults who work with youth (ages 12-25) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or in a crisis with the tools to intervene effectively. Through the use of 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, social, and self-help care participants will learn:
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.
Participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis:
How to assess for risk of suicide or harm
How to listen nonjudgmentally
To give reassurance and information
How to encourage appropriate professional help
How to encourage self-help and other support strategies
The course is designed for those who regularly interact with adolescents and young adults.
Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid provides help to a person with a mental health problem or someone experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or until the crisis is resolved.
This program was developed by Mental Health First Aid USA who worked with experts at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to adapt the Australian youth manual for US audiences. The curriculum was developed by the three partners that manage the Mental Health First Aid USA which include National Council for Behavioral Health, Missouri Department of Mental Health and Maryland Department of Mental Health & Hygiene.
C310 (Reference id: 606662)
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(You will be contacted if an opening is available)