“Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.”
You should probably sign up for this. No, really. Having been lucky enough to take the course last year, I can say that what I learned in this class gave me empathy for people I wouldn’t have had otherwise. The importance of listening and being a safe space cannot be overstated but what you will get from this class is much more than that.
Our class was one 8 hour day but it is often broken up into two 4 hour sessions. Our instructors were very experienced and engaging. There are individual and group exercises and I promise you will come out of this course a more enlightened individual with a renewed sense of wanting to care for those suffering (that includes you too).