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YMHFA – Youth Mental Health First Aid

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YMHFA – Youth Mental Health First Aid

Date: Saturday, October 1stTime: 9 am - 3 pmLocation: Hopkinton Campus - Room 213

What is YMHFA? 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 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. This certification course is taught by Angie Gerrard and Ann Fredericks. They are licensed by the National Council for Behavioral Health (Mentalhealthfirstaid.org).

Details: 2 hours of pre-course work must be completed prior to attending the course. Participants must attend the entire course in order to gain certification. Course minimum participants are 5, maximum is 25. All participants must be aged 18+. Please bring your own lunch.

Participants are encouraged to sign up before 9/24 in order to have time to complete their pre-course work.

Costs: Covered by Faith Community Church; optional donation of $24 for Manual and Pre-Course Work

For any questions, please reach out to Angie Gerrard at angie@faithma.org

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