Mind Your Health: Learn life-saving skills in 2015
Just about a year ago Chester County launched a campaign to provide mental health education to residents through Mental Health First Aid. The internationally recognized program is designed to teach everyday citizens the skills to help another person who is struggling with a mental health concern or a crisis. Hundreds of Chester Countians completed the eight hour class to become certified Mental Health First Aiders in 2014. This year, we hope to triple our numbers.
The first classes for 2015 have been scheduled for both the adult and youth modules. The adult module was the first program to be developed and is aimed at adults helping other adults. The youth module recognizes that helping a young person requires a little different approach. Both programs are for adult participants (age 18 and older) and cover the common risk factors and warning signs and include information about substance abuse. A vital component of each class is to teach a five-step action plan.
Youth mental health first aid Classes will be offered
By Francine Fulton
Teachers, school staff members, coaches, youth group leaders, and even parents of teenagers are invited to take part in the Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) classes being offered locally by the Brandywine Health Foundation. During the program, participants will learn the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health issues common among youths ages 12 to 18 such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and disruptive behaviors.
"Trauma is the most powerful risk factor that affects a student."- Linda Hershey from the COAD Group
Read the full article in the print edition of the Downingtown/Exton Community Courier from Feb. 18th, 2015, Vol XXVII No. 1