Workshop – Youth Mental Health First Aid

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM (doors will open at 8:00 AM)
Place: Schenectady County Public Library, Central Library McChesney Room (enter by side door on Clinton St. as main entrance will be locked. Watch for signs.)
Cost: Free; lunch is available for $14 per person

This program, presented by The Mental Health Association of New York State, will introduce the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, ages 12—18. The importance of early intervention and informing adults how to help adolescents during a crisis or mental health challenge is the focus of this workshop. Role-playing and simulations are used to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help. Ways to connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care is also included.


Participants will become familiar with 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 disorder. 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:

– Assess for risk of suicide or harm

– Listen nonjudgmentally

– Give reassurance and information

– Encourage appropriate professional help

– Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Please register by September 1, 2015. Space is limited and we will fill any open spaces with interested non-profit staff from your community after that date.

You may bring your own lunch, or lunch is available for $14 per person. (Vegetarian option available). Please indicate that payment is for workshop & make check to: Mohawk Valley Library System, 858 Duanesburg Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306.

Mental Health First Aid USA is coordinated by the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Mental Health First Aid USA worked with experts at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development to develop the youth program.


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