Continuing Education Hours: 4.5
This course is geared to the non-behavioral health practitioner, paraprofessionals, graduate students and interested and concerned family, friends and neighbors who oftentimes are the first to witness the signs of distress that may indicate a need for professional intervention with youth.
Mental Health First Aid has been described as a “blueprint for providing comfort, promoting recovery, and helping to reduce distress related to stressful situations, trauma and crisis.” (p. v Mental Health First Aid USA 1999).
We will review the prevalence of Mental Health issues in the USA among youth; make distinctions between distress and disorders, discuss and define Mental Health Action Plans, and their use when presented with individuals with depressive symptoms, self-injurious behavior and/or suicidal behavior, anxiety, panic, and trauma. Further, the application of Mental Health First Aid techniques when faced with acute psychosis with/without disruptive and potentially aggressive behaviors.