South Dakota State University Extension (SDSU) Extension is hosting a Youth Mental Health First Aid webinar over zoom on March. 21, from 8-2:30 p.m. MT.
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an evidence-based public education program. The course introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
One in five youth experiences mental health and/or substance use problems, but less than one-third access treatment. Unlike physical conditions, signs & symptoms of mental health problems and substance use disorders can be difficult to detect, making it difficult to know when and how to step in.
Just as CPR helps those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Youth Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with an adolescent experiencing a mental health crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. This course is designed for adults who regularly interact with youth, such as teachers, family members, youth advisors, and/or faith-based workers.
- Introduce Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and the role of a Youth Mental Health First Aider.
- Give an overview of the prevalence and impact of mental health problems and substance use disorders in the United States.
- Increase knowledge of signs, symptoms, and possible risk factors, and warning signs of mental health problems and substance use disorders.
- Decrease the stigma of mental health challenges
The training requires the completion of 2 hours of self-paced online course preparation and 4.5 hours of virtual training lead by two certified MHFA instructors. Once registration is complete, you will receive an email from MHFAinfo@thenationalcouncil.org with instructions on how to complete the pre-work. This email will come 10 – 14 days before the scheduled course date, depending on when registration is completed. The 2-hour online pre-work needs to be completed before the virtual training. Spots are limited, so be sure to register early. If a minimum number of participants are not registered, the course will be canceled. Those who have completed the pre-work will have an option to attend another course.
The value of this course is $150. We can offer the course at no cost because of grant funding for the program. Participants who complete all components of the training (pre-work, course) will receive a hard copy of the MHFA Manual.
For more information please contact Lorna Saboe-Wounded Head, SDSU Extension Family Resource Management Field Specialist.