JAY — The class, Youth Mental Health First Aid, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at Spruce Mountain Middle School, 23 Community Drive. This class is open to the public.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach adults how to help a youth or teen, ages 12-18, who is experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge or crisis using a five-step action plan that covers how to assess a situation; listen non-judgmentally; give appropriate reassurance and information; encourage appropriate professional help; and encourage self-help and other support strategies.

Other topics that will be covered include the most common adolescent mental health diagnoses; differentiating between typical development and signs of a struggle; risk factors and warning signs; the impact mental illness has on adolescents; and how to intervene with an adolescent who’s experiencing challenges.

Earn eight continuing education credits and a three-year national certification from the National Council for Behavioral Health. This training meets the state mandate for school staff in suicide awareness.

To register: www.namimaine.org/events or call 207-622-5767.


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