Mental Health Problems are more common than heart disease, lung disease, and cancer combined. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans is estimated to have a diagnosable mental disorder such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse in any given year, including 13.7 million children. Of those children only a third gets help from formal mental health or substance abuse services.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8 hour training designed to teach people methods of assisting a young person who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. This training event is being offered to school and/or agency professionals to ensure ample support is available to youth ages 12-18 years old in area middle and high schools. Suggested audience members are listed below.
Participants will be able to:
- Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury.
- Use a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help.
- Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities.
- Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery.
School and/or agency professionals which may include: educators, administrators, social services staff, paraprofessionals, volunteers, substance abuse professionals, social workers, school psychologists, school counselors, counselors, family members, college/university leaders, nurses, physician assistants, primary care workers, policymakers
Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.