Free training for adults to help youth with mental health

First aid isn’t just for cuts and bruises anymore.

“Youth Mental Health First Aid” is the help that’s offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge or mental disorder. Any adult can learn this first aid, and free training sessions are open to community members.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Tuesdays, Feb. 16 and 23, 5:30-9:30 pm


Saturday, Feb. 27, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Northfield Hospital Conference Center

2000 North Ave.

There is no cost. Registration is required. Call Northfield Community Services at 507-664-3649 to register.

The sessions are especially suitable for parents and grandparents, teachers, neighbors, youth leaders, mentors, employers with young-adult staff, healthcare providers and first responders.

Participants will learn:

·         Risk factors, warning signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use disorders

·         Protective factors that can impact a young person’s resiliency

·         Five-step action plan for helping a young person with symptoms

Those who complete the course will receive certification in Youth Mental Health First Aid from the National Council for Behavioral Health.

This training does not prepare participants to diagnose or provide mental health treatment.

The sessions are presented by the Rice County Mental Health Collective in partnership with Northfield Public Schools and Northfield Hospital & Clinics. The program is sponsored by a Now Is the Time - Project AWARE Grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S.

For more information, contact Northfield Community Services at 507-664-3649.

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