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Mental Health First Aid is an in-person training that teaches participant how to help people developing a mental illness or in crisis.

shutterstock_340604297There are two trainings available, one for adults and one for youth.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (TM) (YMHFA) teaches 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.

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.

Karla Joyce-Good, is certified Mental Health Trainer, an is a licensed social workern (LSW). She provides school-based mental health services for students in grades K-12. Karla received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed her Masters of Social Work in 2011. For more information or to schedule a training contact her, kgood@chpdp.org.

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