A new school year has begun. The excitement of new teachers, new classmates and new experiences is present for many young people. But for some children and teens – especially those experiencing mental health challenges – the new school year can be daunting,.
As mentors, educators, parents and youth advocates, we have a responsibility to make sure young people have the resources and support they need to be successful in school and in life.
If you encounter a young person in crisis, do you know the steps to take to ensure his or her safety or wellbeing?
Earlier this summer, I became certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid. And the training didn’t cost a dime.
What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?
It’s a course 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 a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Many organizations/institutions across the nation are offering the eight-hour course FREE of charge. Find a course in your community today.
September is Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month. If you know someone at risk, don’t be afraid to intervene. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255 if you or someone you know needs help.