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Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Adults

One in four Americans suffers from some kind of mental illness in any given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Many look to their church for spiritual guidance in times of distress, but church leaders and volunteers are often unsure of  how to respond. 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 the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addition concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. 

On March 25, TCCEF will offer both a Youth Mental Health First Aide Course and an Adult Mental Health First Aid Course.  Participants are invited to arrive at 8:30am for breakfast. Training will begin at 9am and end by 4:30pm. Lunch is provided.

  • Early Bird Registration is $65 per person before February 12, and Registration is $75 per person after February 12.

Participants will choose to participate in one of these two courses: 

  • Mental Health First Aid for Adults teaches people how to recognize signs of mental health or substance use challenges in adults ages 18 and older, how to offer and provide initial help, and how to guide a person towards appropriate care if necessary. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis and additions. 

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people including teachers, youth workers, volunteers, parents, and others. The course teaches these trusted adults how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. The training 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. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Register and pay by clicking the blue box at the top of this page. 

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