— Alyssa Fruchtenicht,
school-based mental health counselor
WHY YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 6-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.
THREE LEARNING OPTIONS
- VIRTUAL. First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course, and then participate in a 4.5 to 5.5 hour, instructor-led video course
- BLENDED LEARNING. After completing a 2-hour, self-paced online course, First Aiders will participate in a 4.5-hour, in-person, Instructor-led class.
- IN-PERSON. First Aiders will receive their training as an 8-hour, Instructor-led, in-person course.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
WHAT IT COVERS
- Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group including
- Eating Disorders
- Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
- Common signs and symptoms of substance use
- How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis
- how to connect the person with help
- NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying
The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm.
- Listen nonjudgmentally.
- Give reassurance and information.
- Encourage appropriate professional help.
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies.