Marion County Nutrition Staff Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

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Get Trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid

Just like giving someone CPR when they are experiencing a physical health problem, you can learn how to respond to a youth who may be suffering from a mental health crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, the faith community, 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 who regularly interact with young people. The course includes information on:

  • common mental health challenges for youth, including anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders such as AD/HD

  • typical adolescent development

  • 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

You can learn more about Mental Health First Aid here.

This training is being offered FREE OF CHARGE in Grundy, Marion and Sequatchie Counties by Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System under a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Snacks, drinks, and all materials will be provided free of charge. LUNCH will be on-your-own for this training. We will be supplying plenty of snacks, fruit, drinks, coffee, chips, cookies, etc., so if you'd like to bring a lunch you are welcome to do so. A microwave and refrigerator are available. Dress is casual

This course fulfills school staff training on awareness and prevention of suicide as required by the Jason Flatt Act.

Special additional training sessions can be organized for groups of 10 or more. Please contact Tommye Stanfill ( or Katie Goforth ( for more information.

Let’s make mental health first aid as common as CPR!

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