Youth Mental Health First Aid -- Polk County School District

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid USA is an 6-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

The course is designed for adults who regularly interact with adolescents (teachers, school staff, coaches, youth group leaders, parents, etc.), but is being tested for appropriateness within older adolescent groups (16 and older) so as to encourage youth peer to peer interaction. In January 2013, President Obama recommended training for teachers in Mental Health First Aid. Since 2008, the core Mental Health First Aid course has been successfully offered to hundreds of thousands of people across the USA, including hospital staff, employers and business leaders, faith communities, law enforcement, and the general public.

Mental Health First Aid is included on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).  The course is currently free from our agency as it is funded through a Project AWARE Grant awarded to the Polk County School District.  

The training is provided by instructors certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health to deliver the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course in your community.

Upon satisfactory completion of the 6-hour Mental Health First Aid course, the qualifying attendee will be recognized with a National Certificate in Youth Mental Health First Aid USA that is valid for 3 years.  The attendee will also receive a 2012 Edition of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Manual.  The manual is a 212 page resource to assist certified "First Aiders" in responding to signs of mental illness and substance disorders.  

Registration starts at 8:15 am. Prepare to show a PHOTO ID to enter the building.   In order to attain your certification and keep materials, you must attend the full day.   You will receive an email to complete your evaluation and receive a link to print your certificate after training is complete .Email Kathy Wunderlich at [email protected] if you have any questions.  

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Date: 01/28/2019 (Mon.)

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm EST

Location: Mark Wilcox Classroom

Created by:   Christy Olson
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