Youth Mental Health First Aid NYC
520 8th Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, New York 10018
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 8-hour certification course through the National Council of Behavior Health that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select intervention, provide initial help, and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help.
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.
This is a certification program. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step action plan.
There is evidence that those who trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others, greater likelihood of advising people to seek professional help, improved concordance with health professionals about treatments, and decreased stigmatizing attitudes.
The Jewish Education Project is additionally offering two follow up modules via Zoom, and encourage all those who were certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid to continue their education through these modules. Those who attend both modules will receive a certification of completion for Jewish Communal application. Recognizing that the Youth Mental Health First Aid certification does not address your role as an ongoing support and confidant in your teens lives, these modules are designed to help you relate your training back to your role working with youth. We request that all registrants hold the following dates for continuing education modules:
• Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
• Tuesday April 30th, 2019 from 1:00 PM- 2:30 PM