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Youth Mental Health First Aid

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Youth Mental Health First Aid helps you assist adolescents who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.

This curriculum was designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults, such as school resource officers and educators, who regularly interact with young people. 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.

- Anxiety
- Depression
- Substance use
- Disorders in which psychosis may occur 
- Disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD)
- Eating disorders


October 29, 2019 @ Dawson Education Service Cooperative
711 Clinton Street #201 / Arkadelphia, AR 71923

November 14, 2019 @ Southwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative
2502 S. Main Street / Hope, AR 71801

December 17, 2019 @ Wilbur D. Mills Education Service Cooperative
114 N. Main Street / Beebe, AR 72012

This eight-hour training is FREE to any requesting school/school district in the State. To request this training in your school or school district, contact Vicki French at 501-570-8098.