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Youth mental health first aid training offered this fall


AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will provide youth mental health first aid training to strengthen rural communities and support young people in the New Year school.

Youth mental health remains at the forefront of many people’s minds. Over the past few years, youth mental health issues have continued to rise. In response, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach continues to provide youth mental health first aid training to community members across the state.

This program provides adults with tools they can use to identify when a young person (aged 6-18) in their life might be struggling with a mental health and/or addiction problem.

“Research shows that half of all mental illnesses start before the age of 14 and 75% start before the age of 25. Recovery from mental illness is possible and likely, but the earlier a person receives proper treatment, the better the results,” Demi Johnson said. , Behavioral Health Program Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

ISU Extension and Outreach will offer Youth Mental Health First Aid on October 7 and November 7, and both courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. via Zoom. All virtual classes require pre-registration and approximately two hours of pre-work. Private lessons for groups of 15 to 30 participants are also available on request.

The cost is $55. However, adults who identify as or work with farm families can enroll in any of these programs for free by using the code “AGPRO” when registering, with current funding from Department of Agriculture grants. agriculture in the United States. To register, go to https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/MHFA.

Participants will learn how to connect young people to appropriate support and resources when needed. A five-step action plan will be taught to guide participants through the process of making contact and offering appropriate support.

“Anyone can benefit from a mental health first aid course. Knowing more about mental health can help reduce the stigma associated with behavioral health issues. When we can recognize the signs of trouble, we can help young people get the help they need,” Johnson said.

For more information, contact Demi Johnson at [email protected]

Other Resources

Iowa Concern, offered by ISU Extension and Outreach, provides confidential access to stress counselors and legal education counsel, as well as information and referral services on a wide variety of topics. With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities, and website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no charge. To reach Iowa Concern, call 800-447-1985; language interpretation services are available. Or visit the website, https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/, to chat live with a one-on-one stress counselor in a secure environment. Or email an expert regarding legal, financial, stress or crisis and disaster issues.

Find answers now. As Iowans deal with disruptions in their families and communities, this website at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/disaster-recovery provides information to help you deal with concerns about the stress and relationships, personal finance, and nutrition and wellness.

Iowa Project Recovery offers free virtual counseling and assistance to anyone in Iowa who needs help. Advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Iowans of all ages can join online groups to find support and learn creative strategies for coping with the effects of the pandemic. To request assistance, go to https://projectrecoveryiowa.org/ or call the Iowa Warm Line at 1-844-775-9276.

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