Many of us in the St. James’ community are parents of adolescents and are well aware of the pressures and stresses that they can feel. It can sometimes be unclear as to how we can effectively respond when common mental health challenges arise.
On Saturday, October 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the undercroft, St. James’ will host Dr. Elizabeth A. Rathbone, NCSP, Coordinator, Student Health and Wellness for Montgomery County Public Schools, who will conduct a training session for Youth Mental Health First Aid. The session 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 issues related to addiction, a mental challenge, or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a five-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 ADD/ADHD), and eating disorders.
Because the session is highly interactive, it is limited to 25 participants. Those who register after the first 25 responses will be placed on a waiting list. At the end of the session, participants who have attended for the full day will receive a certificate, valid for three years, certifying their training as a Youth Mental Health First Aid provider. Please note that lunch will not be provided, so you may want to bring a bag lunch.
If you are interested in participating, please sign up online here
For more information on Youth Mental Health First Aid, please visit Youth Mental Health First Aid
The St. James’ Mental Health Ministry