VIRTUAL YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR BCPS EMPLOYEES 
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Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 6-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

 

 

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course will be offered in a two-part virtual platform to all Broward County Public Schools Instructional and Non-Instructional staff. First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course, and then participate in a 4.5 to 5.5-hour, Instructor-led video conference. This course will require registration in LAB.

All employees completing the self-paced and virtual course will receive a one (1) time stipend of $120.00. All Instructional Staff will receive ten (10) Professional Development points.

 

This Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor lead virtual course will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each Saturday, starting from October 23, 2021, through May 21, 2022. Courses will not be offered during Holiday Breaks.

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A Closer Look At Youth Mental Health First Aid
WHY YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID?

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 6-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

who should take it
Teachers

School Staff

Coaches

Camp Counselors
Youth Group Leaders

Parents

People Who Work With Youth
VIRTUAL learning

First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course, and then participate in a 4.5 to 5.5-hour, Instructor-led video conference.

of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment.

– Mental Health America

64.1%

of youth report having a substance use or alcohol problem.

– Mental Health America

5.13%

teens and young adults lives with a mental health condition.

– National Alliance for Mental Illness

1 in 5
As adults, sometimes forget how hard it was being an adolescent. When we see a kid who is just miserable at school, we might think they choose to be that way — or that it’s just part of adolescence. But in fact, they might be in a mental health crisis, one they certainly did not choose and do not want. When a teacher says, ‘How can I be helpful?’ that is a powerful question.”
— Alyssa Fruchtenicht, school-based mental health counselor
what it covers
Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including

Anxiety

Depression

Eating disorders

Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)

Common signs and symptoms of substance abuse

How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis

How to connect the person with help

New:Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying

The course will teach you how to apply the ALGEE action plan:
Assess for risk of suicide or harm.

Listen nonjudgmentally.

Give reassurance and information.

Encourage appropriate professional help.

Encourage self-help and other support strategies.