Youth Mental Health First Aid for Parents and Community
First Responders in Mental Health
Prior to the year 2020, mental health challenges in our youth were on the rise, with approximately 1 in 5 developing a mental health condition in their lives. Since the onset of the pandemic, emergency rooms have seen an increase in mental health related visits from children and adolescents as compared to last year. With the difficulties this year has presented, it has become more important than ever to address the mental health impact on our children.
Despite these challenges, there are ways to promote safety and care for youth people that build hope and reassurance. First, we must continue to destimaze accessing mental health services and empower our youth to not suffer in silence. When we talk openly about mental health and are conscious to use non-stigmatizing language, we can build community with one another in the face of pain. Additionally, we must increase our understanding and empathy for those that are experiencing mental illness.
One way to join in collective action is to educate yourself and others about the common mental health and substance use concerns in youth and the related signs and symptoms to recognize. This could be done by taking a community education course on mental health such as “Youth Mental Health First Aid” by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a course that is designed to provide adults with the knowledge and skills to be First Responders to youth experiencing mental health challenges or crises so that early identification and intervention follows. Following the course, participants feel empowered to better support individuals by reaching out, asking questions and making connections with youth. Additionally, participants are enabled to foster their own resilience and self-care for managing stressful situations in their lives.
Current Youth Mental Health First Aid courses require a 2-hour self-paced online learning session followed by a 4-hour instructor-led video conference learning session.
Raising our children “takes a village” so that they can grow up in a safe and healthy environment. When we have a collective voice to promote positive mental health in the face of adversity, we become the protective factors that our children need in that village.
Facilitator: Alissa Darin LPC-IT
Date: Saturday March 20th 8:30am- 1:30pm
(There will be built in breaks throughout the day)
Cost: $ 75 Includes online materials, instruction
Program limited to 10 participants.