Medford workshop to focus on youth mental health first aid

September 17, 2018 by  

Mental illness can strike people of any age, and participants in an upcoming Medford workshop will learn how they can offer a helping hand to youngsters who are experiencing mental health issues.

The class is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age, and organizers noted that it can be especially helpful to teachers, social workers, coaches, and clergy. The training will run for eight hours, and there is no charge to participate.

Students in the class will learn about what signs to look for that can indicate a young person is experiencing mental health issues, and there will also be a discussion about the risk factors they may experience. The learning will include role playing, simulations, and other exercises, and the goal is to equip each participant with skills they can use to provide a listening ear, and also help youth connect with mental health supports in their community.

All those who complete the training and complete the test and course evacuation will be presented with a certificate. Local stationery printers can be called upon to design and print items such as these.

This free opportunity for members of the public to learn how they can be a mental health first aider will be held on October 19. It will take place at 140 South Holly Street in Medford.