Free Class for Teen Mental Health First Aid

by | Sep 8, 2022 | Community News, Mayor, News

Macon Mental Health Matters (MMHM) is holding a class to teach people how to recognize the signs and provide fast and effective care when it comes to mental health in young people. The class is free, but you must register first. Space is limited so click here to sign up fast.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid class is a two-part class for anyone who has teens of their own, works with teenagers, or needs the skills for the future. The classes are made possible through the Southern Center for Choice Theory thanks to a grant from Fort Valley State University Value. It’s split into two sessions, and participants must attend both. They’re happening from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16 and Friday, September 23. Both will take place in Chambers at City Hall (700 Poplar Street).

“Identifying the signs of mental health distress in our young people increases our opportunities to dismantle the trauma our youth have experienced,” says MMHM Coordinator Andrea Cooke. “This training being no cost removes the barrier for the community at large to support our youth! “

Andrea Cooke and Jarvis Adside are conducting the training, and it will cover:

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD);
  • Common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges;
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis.;
  • How to connect the youth with help; and
  • Expanded content on trauma, substance use, self-care and the impact of social media and bullying.

Suggested attendees include teachers, school staff, coaches, camp counselors, youth group leaders, parents, and any adults who work with youth.

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