Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. 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), and eating disorders.
As of Spring 2020, over 3,000 Duval County Public School employees and partners have received Youth Mental Health First Aid Training.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors
Director, School Behavioral HealthSupervisor, School Social WorkerSchool Psychologist, Bully PreventionSchool Psychologist, Crisis PreventionMental Health Support SpecialistProject Manager, RISEMental Health Support Specialist, RISEMental Health TherapistSchool Social WorkerSchool Social WorkerSchool Social WorkerDistrict School Counseling SpecialistEllen MenendezMental Health Training Specialist, AWARE 4 ALLPBIS Specialist, School Culture and ClimatePBIS Specialit, School Culture and ClimatePBIS Specialist, School Culture and ClimateSchool Psychologist, Hearing OfficePolice Sergeant, School Police