Mental Health First Aid for Adults who interact with Youth

The Mental Health Commission of Canada offers a course called Mental Health First Aid For Adults Who Interact with Youth in different locations across Canada. It focuses on mental health problems and first aid for youth ages 12 to 24. Mental health problems often first develop during adolescence or early adulthood, with half of all mental disorders beginning by age 14, and 75 per cent beginning by age 24. MHFA Canada: For Adults Who Interact with Youth has been reviewed by Canadian experts and provides guidelines for giving first aid.
It is a 14-hour course that discusses the following mental disorders: Substance related disorders; Mood related disorders; Anxiety and trauma related disorders; Psychotic disorders; Eating disorders; and Deliberate self injury. Crisis first aid skills for the following situations are learned: Substance overdose; Suicidal behaviour; Panic attack; Acute stress reaction and Psychotic episode.

The Mental Health First Aid website can be challenging to navigate but these links will take you directly to relevant information:

The Mental Health First Aid home page is here:  http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca/en
A more detailed course description is here: http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca/en/course-info/courses/adults-who-interact-youth
You can find a course here: http://learn.mentalhealthfirstaid.ca/course_select

From Rondy Kyle, Conference Youth Ministry Coordinator  rkyle@anwconf.com