MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program introducing participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, building understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaching individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. 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, social, and self-help care.
WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS LEARN?
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents (anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, substance use, etc). 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:
A - Assess for risk of suicide or harm
L - Listen nonjudgmentally
G - Give reassurance and information
E - Encourage appropriate professional help
E - Encourage self-help and other support strategies
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE 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. The core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to more than 100,000 people across the USA, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.
If you would like to participate in a training course for MHFA, please contact: