The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is offering a free training series called "Youth Mental Health First Aid" this fall in Placerville. The training will be held Monday nights (September 23 and 30, and October 7 and 14) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Green Valley Church located at 3500 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville, Room 302. The training is open to community members. Space is limited; registration is required.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that covers the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in youth ages 12 to 18, emphasizes early intervention, and teaches people how to help a youth who is in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Role-playing exercises and simulations are included in the training to show how to assess a mental health crisis, to provide initial help, and to connect youth to appropriate professional help, peer, social, and self-help care.
This class is designed for teachers, coaches, parents, juvenile justice professionals, and others who regularly interact with youth, and may also be appropriate for older adolescents (16 and older) to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. "This class will teach a specific five-step action plan for helping youth in crisis," said Stephanie Carlson, Mental Health First Aid instructor with the Mental Health Division. "We encourage those with an interest to attend."
Registration for the class is accepted online at http://gvcconline.com/doc.aspx?id=967. (Look for "The Mental Health Challenges of Adolescence" class listing.) For questions, contact Carlson at (530) 621-6315.
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