Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification - Virtual
Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification - Virtual
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Date: Sat Apr 15, 9:00 AM EST - Sat Apr 15, 1:30 PM EST
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Youth Mental Health First Aid - Free Certification Course for Girl Scout Volunteers 

Virtual Training – Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (30 minute lunch break included) 

*This course requires approximately 2 - 3 hours of pre-work prior to attending the virtual training.* 

This training requires a minimum number of 10 registered participants. 

The Public Health Department of Manatee County is offering a FREE certifictation course for Girl Scout volutneers in Youth Mental Health First Aid. This virtual, live training will teach you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adolescents ages 12 - 18.

During this course, you will build skills and confidence you need to reach out and provide initial support to young people who are struggling. You will also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support. Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In this Mental Health First Aid course, you will learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

Upon succesful completion of this course, you will receive a certification which is valid for 3 years. In addition to certification, this course may be available for continuing education credits (CEU).

After this course, you’ll be able to:

• Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention
  deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD).

• Recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges.

• Understand how to interact with a young person in crisis.

• Know how to connect a young person with help.

• Better understand trauma, substance use, self-care and the impact of social media and bullying.

You will learn how to respond with the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan (ALGEE):

Assess for risk of suicide or harm.

Listen nonjudgmentally.

Give reassurance and information.

Encourage appropriate professional help.

Encourage self-help and other support strategies.