Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is a public education program that introduces you to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents and transitional aged youth, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches you how to help a young person in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to recognize a mental health crisis, provide initial help and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.
The course teaches 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. You do not learn to diagnose, or how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, you will learn to support youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying our five-step action plan.
For more information on Youth Mental Health First Aid, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.
To enroll in a session, please log into TalentED and search for 'youth' in the course search field.