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Robertson County Family YMCA

3332 Tom Austin Highway

Springfield, TN 37172

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Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour, evidence-based training that was developed in Australia and brought to the US in 2008. It is now being used all over the world to help caring adults who interact regularly with youth to be able to identify and then help get help to youth experiencing a mental health crisis. Here in Robertson County, we have trained over 400 people in Mental Health First Aid since 2016.

Just as someone trained in traditional First Aid, you do not need to be a clinician to help a youth get help! You just need to know how to identify if a youth is in crisis, know how to respond sensitively and helpfully them in the moment, and then how to connect them with mental health resources and first responders, if necessary.

Youth Mental Health First Aid gives you the skills and knowledge to do this.

It is designed to teach participants 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. At the end of the course, participants will be certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

You can learn more about the Youth Mental Health First Aid course at www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org


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