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Mental Health First Aid for Youth Workers

August 15, 2020

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Preparing you to help others experiencing mental distress

In the same way that CPR helps you assist an individual having a medical emergency, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related problem or crisis–even if you have no clinical training. In this 8-hour course, you will learn to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use.

Mental Health First Aid for Youth Workers is appropriate for anyone age 16 and older who regularly interacts with young people (ages 12-18). It is especially beneficial for parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring community members who want to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

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. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), self-harm behaviors and eating disorders.

WellSpan Philhaven mental health educators train thousands of people each year and have been designated Top Mental Health First Aid Instructors by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Seating is limited to 30.


This training is provided at no cost to you as a community benefit of WellSpan Philhaven and through the support of generous donors. WellSpan Philhaven underwrites this program as part of our commitment to improve the mental health and resilience of our community.

Lunch is included. Please arrive for registration at 8:45am.


One in five people will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. On average, there are 123 suicides every day. From 1999 to 2016, 630,000 people died from drug overdose. Even if you are not a trained mental health professional, you can be prepared and know what to do when a mental health crisis or substance use disorder happens to a young person you work with, live with or care about.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify, understand and respond to the signs and symptoms of addiction and mental illness.
  2. Recognize the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems.
  3. Learn about depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and addiction disorders.
  4. Learn to recognize the signs of suicidality or self-harm behavior and how to respond.
  5. Apply the 5-step action plan to assess a situation and provide help.
  6. Understand what local resources are available and where to turn to guide someone towards getting appropriate professional help.

Private Seminars Available

The Mental Health First Aid - Adult Course may be booked as a private seminar at your location. You can choose your schedule: one 8-hour session or two 4-hour sessions. A minimum of 15 people is required.

WellSpan Philhaven Training & Community Center, Kunkle Room
283 S. Butler Road
Mt. Gretna, PA 17064

Event Contact

Jayne L. Miller
Community Mental Health Education Coordinator
(717) 273-8871 ext 2248
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