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. Learn more: download the Mental Health First Aid for Youth one-pager.
Education Connection in collaboration with Northwestern Regional School District 7 and the NW CT Youth and Adolescent Mental Health Coalition has received a three-year, $375,000 Project AWARE Community grant to support Youth Mental Health First Aid training in northwest Connecticut. One of 70 grants awarded across the nation, Project AWARE is funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health […]...Read More November 3