Youth mental health first aid training is an eight-hour education program that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches 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.
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 or how to provide any therapy or counseling. Rather, 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 called ALGEE. The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youths, ages 12-18.
The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.). The course is being offered free because of a grant from the Project AWARE through Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES and WJCS.
To register for YMHFA, email or call Alice Joselow at 914-329-2946 email or call Julie Klaber or call 914-761-0600, ext. 116.
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