CLOSED Youth Mental Health First Aid:
No Cost to Participants - Rifle - Garfield Re-2 School District - 1 Day Course

Seats: 0/30

  • Friday, Apr 26, 2019 8:00 AMFriday, Apr 26, 2019 5:00 PM

  • Garfield Re-2 District Office, Learning Opportunity Center, 839 Whiteriver Ave., Rifle 81650 View Map

Youth Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking prevention program. The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges that are common among adolescents and young adults. YMHFA is implemented around the U.S. and the world. Research has shown that the training enhances behavioral health literacy, reduces stigma, increases knowledge of professional and self-help resources, increases participants' confidence helping in a crisis situation, and improves behavioral health of participants.

Instructor(s): This course will be taught by: Sonja K.H. Linman, Prevention Specialist, 970-379-9246,

Lunch: Lunch will be provided

Cost: No Cost to Participants

This course is for Garfield Re-2 staff only. 

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS LEARN? The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavior disorders, and substance use disorder. Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants learn to support a youth developing signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in an emotional crisis by applying a core five-step 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

The Youth Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum is primarily focused on information participants can use to help adolescents and transition-age youth, ages 12-18.

Sarah Bell RN M.Ed. NCSN SSP
Director of Health Services
Garfield RE2 School District