Youth Mental Health First Aid (Free 8-Hour Parent Workshop)

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Parents are encouraged to join the CIMS Family Engagement Center for a special FREE 8-hour workshop on Youth Mental Health First Aid, presented by National Mental Health First Aid Instructor Teresa Etheridge, Ph.D., Th.D. of the Humanity Center 4 Change.

Sept. 9:

Youth Mental Health First Aid 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 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 how to diagnose or 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
 Listen non-judgmentally
 Give reassurance and information
 Encourage appropriate professional help
 Encourage self-help and other support strategies

The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information parents can use to help adolescents ages 12-18.

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