Mental Health Toolkit – Youth Mental Health First Aid

Date: February 26, 2018 

Time: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: WRESA

Grades: K-12

Cost: $50

Presenter:   Matt Gruebmeyer(along with additional trainers from HCPS) 

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to teach teachers, school staff, health and human services workers, parents, family members, caregivers peers, neighbors, and other caring citizens how to help students of any age, but especially adolescents, who are experiencing a mental health, an addictions challenge, or are in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, provides an overview of prevalence and average age of onset for mental health issues, includes information about risk and protective factors, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders including AD/HD), and eating disorders.