MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR YOUTH
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
Youth Mental Health First Aid is 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 designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. 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.
Learn how to respond with the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE)
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ncourage appropriate professional help.
ncourage self-help and other support strategies.
WHO SHOULD KNOW MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?
Youth Group Leaders
Adults who Work with Youth
Download the Mental Health First AID one pager
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Senior Prevention Specialist
Nikki Nichols, MSW, LSW, CTP
Prevention Program Coordinator
Adult Treatment Therapist