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Mental Health First Aid

You may know CPR for physical emergencies. Why not learn Mental Health First Aid to use during a mental health crisis?

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Community Advocates Public Policy Institute offers Youth Mental Health First Aid training for those who regularly interact with youth ages 12-18, including school staff, law enforcement, faith leaders, hospital and nursing home staff, sports coaches, after-school program staff, mentors, and parents and guardians. Youth Mental Health First Aid empowers adults with tools to help assess teens who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis. The training is eight hours, which can be split into two four-hour sessions, and intended for groups of 5 to 30 participants.

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)
  • Eating disorders.
Adult Mental Health First Aid

PPI also offers Adult Mental Health First Aid, which provides adults with the tools to assist other adults who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis. This training covers:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse
  • How to interact with a person in crisis
  • How to connect that person with help
  • How to administer naloxone in the event of an opioid overdose

This training will help employers, law enforcement, health care professionals, faith leaders, community members, and caring friends and family be of assistance when they encounter an adult in need.   

Interested in learning Youth Mental Health First Aid or Adult Mental Health First Aid? Sign up for our training schedule here.