AN INITIATIVE OF THE NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES - DIVISION OF MENTAL HEALTH, DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Yout Mental Health First Aid

Free trainings from NAMI on Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions offers 6 FREE Mental Health First Aid Trainings in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid
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Press Release

DHHS Launches Youth Mental
Health First Aid to
Address Mental Illness andSubstance Abuse Issues

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an education program focused on teaching people to help youth (ages 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or who are in a crisis. It introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help a youth experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training uses role-playing and simulations to:

  • demonstrate how to assess a mental health or substance use crisis;
  • select actions to take to provide initial help; and
  • connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

About the Program

Mental Health First Aid USA – www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org is managed, operated, and disseminated by 3 national authorities – the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

It is an evidence based curriculum that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Research has shown that those trained in Mental Health First Aid have greater confidence in providing help to others and are more likely to advise people to seek professional help. People trained are also less likely to stigmatize people with behavioral health challenges.

In the next decade, it is expected that learning Mental Health First Aid in the US will become as common as CPR and First Aid. It has the potential to reduce stigma, improve understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and empower individuals to get the help they need.

Contact Us

Youth Mental Health First Aid Program Contact: crisissolutionsnc@dhhs.nc.gov

Media Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov | 919-855-4840

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