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Youth Mental Health First Aid: Sponsor a Training

Beth Hess - Thursday, October 01, 2015

MCF has a federal grant to provide Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) trainings at no cost to participants. We have trainers across Maryland.

If your organization would like to sponsor a training, please contact Ann Geddes, ageddes@mdcoalition.org or 410-730-8267 x106. 

OVERVIEW

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour public education program which 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.

WHAT AGES ARE COVERED?

Youth Mental Health First Aid primarily covers the issues facing adolescents (teenagers).  The research and information presented are for the ages of 12-18.

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 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:

  • Assess for risk of suicide or harm
  • Encourage self-help and other support strategies
  • Listen non-judgmentally
  • Give reassurance and information
  • Encourage appropriate professional help

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?

The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (e.g., teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents). The core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to 80,000 people across the country, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public. 

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?

To learn more about Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum, please visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org or www.MHFAmaryland.org.  
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