Mental Health First Aid trainings seek to empower community members to respond compassionately and directly when someone experiences a mental health challenge. In addition, Catholic Charities’ Mental Health First Aid facilitators take pride in adding restorative and culturally-aware ideas and discussions into these trainings. We offer Mental Health First Aid trainings focused on adult and adolescent mental health. These trainings can be offered in Spanish or English.
The Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and use the skills learned from this training in their daily lives, including within their own families, workplaces, and communities.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is appropriate for any adult who regularly interacts with adolescents and wants to learn how to help a youth who is experiencing a mental health-related crisis or problem. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Course participants come from a variety of backgrounds and use the skills learned from this training in their daily lives, including within their own children, in their classrooms or after-school programs, or in their work with youth.
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