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Youth Mental Health First Aid

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For information on the next session, please contact Sarah Traub:    Traubs@missouri.edu

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an international course designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily aimed at adults who interact with youth, but older teens will also benefit from this course. Civic groups, such as King's Daughters or Rotary or others have also have found this workshop useful as a group undertaking. 

More than 740,000 people across the United States have been trained in Mental Health First Aid by a dedicated base of more than 11,200 instructors.

The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. We are more likely to encounter someone - friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community - in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. 

Children's Grove sponsors this training for a fraction of the national tuition, covering the instructor, and facility fees. $25 covers the excellent book that accompanies this course which participants keep.