Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, coaches, school staff, peers, neighbors, youth workers, 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.
Due to the virtual delivery format, the training includes two hours of pre-work in addition to the 6.5 hours of live online training. Participants must complete the pre-work to gain access to the instructor-led portion of the training. It is highly recommended that participants complete pre-work at least 24 hours before the start of the scheduled instructor-led portion. Full-day attendance is required for a certificate of completion.
- Trainings will be delivered through Zoom. It is strongly suggested that you use a device (computer or phone) with a webcam. If you don’t have access to one, you can call in.
- Our “real-time” online trainings are approved by Northern Lights at CCV, and your attendance will be submitted to BFIS.
- You must pre-register to receive the Zoom link in advance.
- All events are FREE for Vermont programs and partners. If you would like to register and are from another state, each session is $25.