Please join us for Youth Mental Health First Aid on June 9th and 11th from 9 – 2pm at the Somerville Community Safety Building, 220 Washington Street, Somerville, MA. Please register by June 1st.
This training is being offered for free to individuals who work and/or live in Everett and Somerville. Parking will be available on side streets for individuals attending this training. Please see registration form for full information.
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. 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, 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.
Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Youth Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist a youth experiencing a mental health crisis; this is a useful training for individuals working in public service, community-based organizations as well as useful in developing personal skills and knowledge.
For additional information about MHFA, please go here: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
This training is sponsored by Everett Community Health Partnership – Substance Abuse Coalition, Somerville Cares About Prevention and the city of Somerville, Cambridge Health Alliance and supported by CHNA 16.