Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

February 18, 2023
8:30-3:30 pm CST
In-Person Iowa City, Iowa
Professional Development

Event Details

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18. 

Mental Health First Aid certification, which must be renewed every three years, teaches participants to:

  • Recognize the potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury. Youth Mental Health First Aid addresses mental health challenges common among adolescents, including: depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, AD/HD, disruptive behavioral disorders, and substance use disorders.
  • Use a 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional help. 
  • Interpret the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced negative attitudes in their communities. 
  • Apply knowledge of the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem treat and manage the problem and achieve recovery. 
  • Assess their own views and feelings about mental health problems and disorders.  

There is a max 30 of participants. Participants must register by Saturday, February 11.

There will be ~2 hours of advanced online work that will need to be completed prior to the in-person training. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided during the workshop. 

Location: Baker Teacher Leader Center (Professional Development Area), North 110 Lindquist Center, 240 S Madison St, Iowa City, IA 52240

For more information on Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, click here.