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Mental Health First Aid training
Did you know ... it's more likely you will encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. You may know CPR, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or how to use an AED, but do you know how to help someone having a mental health crisis?

The next session of Mental Health First Aid will be taught at the Elkhart County Health Department, 608 Oakland Ave., Elkhart (see flyers under "click here" below for more information on dates and times).

Adult:

An 8-hour class, taught by members of the Elkhart County Suicide Prevention Coalition, will help people better understand potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety, trauma and disorders. Certified trainers will provide information on a five-step action plan to address the person in crisis and involve professional help.

For more information on adult MHFA training, as well as registration details, click here for the 2017 training information.

Youth:

Youth Mental Health First Aid training is an evidence based public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and most importantly---teaches individuals how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health situation, select interventions and provide initial help, and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorders. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling---rather, participants learn a core five-step action plan to support an adolescent developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis.

The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents, but may also be appropriate for older adolescents (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. Anyone who regularly works or interacts with youth---teachers, athletic coaches, mentors, juvenile justice professionals---may find the course content useful.

For more information on youth MHFA training, as well as registration details, click here.

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