Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents between the ages of 12-20. Research indicates that 64% of youth with major depression do not receive mental health treatment. This course is designed to build understanding of the importance of early intervention and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent experiencing a mental health crisis or challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess for a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help to at risk youth. The program also teaches trainees how to connect young people to professional, peer, social and self-help care. The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents professionally or personally. Those who take the 8-hour course will become certified as a Mental Health First Aider and learn a 5- step action plan to address mental health challenges.
BHTEN provides MHFA trainings as part of a larger, city-wide initiative to train as many Philadelphians in MHFA as possible. The training is available at many other locations throughout the city. Go to www.healthymindsphilly.org for more details.
- Review common signs and symptoms of mental illness in adolescent ages 12-20 which includes: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, ADHD, etc.
- Review common signs and symptoms of substance use and misuse in youth.
- Identify a 5 step action plan A.L.G.E.E for assessment and selection of appropriate interventions to utilize when supporting a youth in crisis.
- Develop familiarity with the range of appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem challenge
This training is intended for adults who work with or have regular interactions with youth (approx ages 12-20). Family members, community members and concerned citizens are welcome.
Participants must attend the entire training and complete an evaluation in order to receive a First Aider Certificate