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Mental Health First Aid for Adults Working with Youth

by Penn State Extension

Mental Health First Aid for Adults Working with Youth

Mental Health First Aid for Adults Working with Youth is designed to teach adults who regularly interact with young people how to provide initial support to youth experiencing mental health or addiction challenges and assist them in finding the help and care they need. As certified instructors, Penn State Extension educators teach the National Council for Mental Wellbeing’s Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course. This course consists of two hours of self-paced online learning and a six-hour live instructor-led virtual class. The course includes activities and opportunities to practice support strategies. A certificate will be available online after completion of the course.

Approximately one to two weeks before the instructor-led session(s), registrants will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the self-paced online portion.

When: October 10, 2023 (12:45 PM – 4:00 PM) and October 11, 2023 (8:45 AM – 12:00 PM)
Who is this for?
  • After-school personnel
  • Camp counselors
  • Coaches
  • Community members
  • Parents/caregivers
  • School staff
  • Teachers
  • Youth group leaders
What will you learn?
  • The impact of mental health challenges on the well-being of youth in the United States
  • The signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges in youth ages 12-18
  • The typical adolescent development and common mental health challenges for youth
  • The role of resilience and the impact of traumatic experiences on adolescent development
  • The appropriate steps of the MHFA Action Plan in crisis and non-crisis scenarios
  • The appropriate methods for self-care following the application of MHFA
  • Recovery from a mental health challenge is possible
This event is in partnership with the Prevention Resource Center. It is provided by the Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional (ROTA-R) initiative, supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Penn State Employee/Dependent/Retiree rates for registration are in effect for this event.

Registration is required. Register by: September 22, 2023 11:59 PM