03/02/2019 8:00 AM (CST)
Sometimes first aid isn't a bandage or CPR or calling 911. Sometimes first aid is YOU.
You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Learn an action plan to help.
Youth Mental Health First Aid programming focuses on how to recognize signs of psychological issues, addiction challenges or other crises in adolescents (age 12 to 18). Program materials are designed for parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens.
Participants in the 8-hour course become certified as Mental Health First Aiders for Youth. They learn a five-step action plan to help an adolescent in crisis and in non-crisis situations connect with appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.
The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, but it is also open to adolescents 16 years old and older. The training costs $25. Registration is required. Call MU Extension at 573.346.2644.