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Certification for Teen Mental Health First Aid

Sophomores completed their 6th and final session of Teen Mental Health First Aid and earned certification as Teen Mental Health First Aiders. 

This course is an evidence-based training that teaches teens the skills they need to recognize and help their friends in crises and how to get the help of an adult quickly. Teens often turn to each other when stressed or upset, and when friends try to help, they sometimes take on too much. This training teaches them they don’t have to take these problems on alone.

The program is led by the school counselors in partnership with the sophomore theology and English classes. Each school counselor has received special training and is certified to teach the course by Mental Health First Aid USA at the National Council for Behavioral Health.

The following is an overview of what is addressed in this course:

  • Recognize early warning signs that a friend is developing a mental health challenge.
  • Recognize warning signs that a friend may be experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Describe how to talk to a friend about mental health and seeking help. 
  • Explain when and how to get a responsible adult involved.
  • Discuss where to find appropriate and helpful resources about mental health challenges and professional help.
  • Apply the tMHFA Action Plan to help a friend with a mental health challenge or crisis.

Participants received a Certificate of Completion for taking the course and a manual to use during the course that they can take home after the last session. If you want to learn more now, visit the following resources:

Teens Health» http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind 

National Alliance on Mental Illness» www.nami.org/Find-Support/Teens-and-Young-Adults 

National Institute of Mental Health» https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/index.shtml 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Crisis Text Line: Text “MHFA” to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis counseling.

Visit www.crisistextline.org

 

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