Youth Mental Health First Aid USA Course

We are hosting a virtual YOUTH Mental Health First Aid USA course in collaboration with Partnership for Child Health and the Florida & Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative on July 13th from 8am-3pm.
Participants will be expected to complete pre-coursework that will take about 2 hours to complete.
If you would like to attend, please email Ann-Marie Orlando by Friday, July 2nd.

Did you know?
64.1% of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment.– Mental Health America
1 in 5 teens and young adults lives with a mental health condition.– National Alliance for Mental Illness
5.13% of youth report having a substance use or alcohol problem.– Mental Health America

Why Youth Mental Health First Aid?
Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 6-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initialsupport to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Who Should Take It
• Teachers
• School staff
• Coaches
• Camp counselors
• Youth group leaders
• Parents
• People who work with Youth

What it Covers
• Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including:
Anxiety, Depression, Eating disorders, Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)
• Common signs and symptoms of substance use
• How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis
• How to connect the person with help
• NEW: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying

The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:
• Assess for risk of suicide or harm.
• Listen nonjudgmentally.
• Give reassurance and information.
• Encourage appropriate professional help.
• Encourage self-help and other support strategies.

As adults, we sometimes forget how hard it was being an adolescent. When we see a kid who is just miserable at school, we might think they choose to be that way — or that it’s just part of adolescence. But in fact, they might be in a mental health crisis, one they certainly did not choose and do not want. When a teacher says, ‘How can I be helpful?’ that is a powerful question.”— Alyssa Fruchtenicht, school-based mental health counselor