Upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at Joel Barlow High School

Joel Barlow High School Hosts Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Similar to ‘First Aid’ and CPR, ‘Mental Health First Aid’ teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises

WHO:            Anyone who works with or has contact with youth

WHAT:          Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – 8-hour course

WHEN:          Monday, January 28th AND Wednesday, January 30th 

                        Both days will be from 9am-1pm

You must attend both days to complete the entire 8-hour course.

WHERE:       Joel Barlow High School, 100 Black Rock Turnpike Redding, CT

                                                WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS LEARN?

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step 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

The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18.   

For more information on Mental Health First Aid, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

REGISTER:  Please contact Maryanne Pieratti to register or if you have any questions @ mpieratti@er9.org  Or (203) 938-2508 x1524

                        In order to register your full name, email and phone number is needed.

                        You will receive a confirmation email.

COST:            There is no cost for the class, but the text book does cost $18.95.

Please bring drinks and snacks as we will utilize the entire 4 hours each day to complete the course.