Questar III will offer Youth Mental Health First Aid USA on Tuesday, January 8th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This non-mandatory, 8-hour public education program 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 Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18.
Participants will learn to:
- Assess for risk of suicide or harm
- Listen non-judgmentally
- Give reassurance and information
- Encourage appropriate professional help
- Encourage self-help and other support strategies
Each participant will receive certification valid for three years. This session is appropriate for anyone working with youth, including teachers, school staff, coaches, camp counselors, youth group leaders and parents. If you are interested, please register at MyLearningPlan.
For questions or further information, contact School Improvement Specialist Christine Willmart