Youth Mental Health First Aid
March 9, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Paradox Valley School
Call 970-708-7096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register!
To schedule a class for your club, school, hospital, or organization, contact Paul Reich at 970.708.7096
Anytime. Anywhere. Any crisis. Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or TEXT: 741741
“When I left at the end of the class, I never thought that I would actually use the skills I learned in the class. But within a month I had assisted an individual who expressed a desire to end their life, I spoke to a friend who’s relative was incarcerated with mental health issues in the local jail, and assisted a family member experiencing a panic attack. I was fortunate to have learned what to say and how to help in all three of those situations.”
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. Topics covered in the 8 hour training include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. While initial signs of mental health conditions may arise during early childhood, and children of all ages may experience trauma, this training is focused on youth ages 12 to 18.
The Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered in the 8 hour training include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. The backbone of MHFA Colorado is a growing network of instructors that are trained to inspire public understanding and involvement through teaching the signs and symptoms associated with mental health and substance abuse issues, and in turn normalize the conversation about mental health while combating stigmas.