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Youth Mental Health First Aid MERRIWA
October 27, 2018 - October 28, 2018
What is Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)?
The course teaches adults how to assist adolescents (those aged between 12 and 18 years) who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.
Course participants learn about adolescent development, the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems in young people, where and how to get help when a young person is developing a mental illness, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation. Course participants receive a free copy of the Youth MHFA Manual and are eligible to become an accredited Mental Health First Aider.
Who can attend a Youth MHFA course?
The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults working or living with adolescents (those aged between approximately 12 and 18 years). However, the course can be relevant for those helping people who are a little younger or older. This course is particularly suitable for parents, school staff, sports coaches, and youth workers. Any interested adult can attend, Please Note: this course is not for adolescents to attend.
This course is not therapy nor a support group, rather it is an education to learn how to give first aid to others. There are no prerequisites for this course. When you complete this training, you are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aid Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years.
The course will be over 2 days – Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October 2018
Both days will run from 9.00 am – 4.00 pm with a ½ hour break for lunch.
Please bring the following: a pen, notepad, water, morning tea and lunch with you for both days.