This two-session workshop based on the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) curriculum, an internationally recognized evidence based programming, is designed to provide skills to support individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
- Identify risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
- Receive information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and addiction disorders.
- Review a 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health problem or in crisis.
- Gain knowledge on where to turn for professional, peer, and self-help resources.
This workshop aligns with core knowledge and competencies for youth work professionals that have been developed by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) and the Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN).
The NAA core knowledge content area addressed:
- Child/Youth Observation and Assessment: Understands and applies observation and assessment techniques and tools to meet individual needs.
- Interactions with Children and Youth: Recognizes the importance of relationships and communication in quality practice. Implements guidance techniques and strategies to support children and youth in their development.
- Professional Development and Leadership: Acts ethically, is committed to continuous learning, and advocates for best practices and policies for children and youth.
Intended Audience: program coordinators, managers, front-line youth workers