This Fall, in partnership with Community Services Group (CSG), PHSA will be offering one session of Adult Mental Health First Aid and two sessions of Youth Mental Health First Aid. 

Like CPR training helps a non-medical professional assist an individual following a heart attack, Adult Mental Health First Aid helps an individual who doesn’t have clinical training assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. In both situations, the goal is to help support an individual until appropriate professional help arrives. Community Services Group (CSG) staff are among the first in the nation to become certified trainers for this important program. 

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.

Session: Adult Mental Health First Aid
When: November 18

Session: Youth Mental Health First Aid
When: October 28 and December 17

Where: Zoom! These sessions are held virtually.
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Participants: Space limited to 25 per session
Cost: $115 per participant

In addition to the 6 hour virtual session, this event requires the completion of a 3 hour self-paced course. This course work must be be completed prior to attending the event. Participants will receive two links from Community Services Group, one for the course, and the other for the virtual session.

The Mental Health First Aid program aims to:

  • Preserve life where a person may be a danger to self or others
  • Provide help to prevent a mental health problem from becoming more serious
  • Promote recovery of good mental health
  • Provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem

The Mental Health First Aid course shows people how to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems
  • Provide initial help
  • Guide a person towards appropriate professional help

Participants will receive a digital manual and participant guide. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, participants are certified Mental Health First Aiders for 3 years.  

Click here to register!