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Youth Mental Health and First Aid

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Audubon County Extension

608 Market Street

Audubon, IA

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Why Youth Mental Health First Aid? Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

WHAT IT COVERS • Common signs and symptoms of mental illnesses in this age group, including: m Anxiety m Depression m Eating disorders m Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) • Common signs and symptoms of substance use. • How to interact with an adolescent in crisis. • How to connect the adolescent with help.

The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE 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

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