The Youth Mental Health First Aid program is an international program that reviews the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents ages 12-18. It emphasizes the importance of early intervention and covers how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The youth course is intended for anyone 16 years or older to learn how to help young people. YMHFA uses role-playing, simulations, active discussion and videos to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis. 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 mental illness or in an emotional crisis.
Here is a recent article on YMHFA: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/02/mental-health-first-aid/462414/?utm_source=Weekly+Spark+February+19%2C+2016&utm_campaign=Weekly+Spark+February+18%2C+2016&utm_medium=email. You can also learn more at mentalhealthfirstaid.org.
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