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Do you know what to do during a mental health crisis?

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based program that teaches parents, family members, teachers, caregivers, and other caring adults how to help adolescents (ages 12-18) who are experiencing mental health or addiction challenges. Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed specifically for adults who regularly interact with adolescents. The training covers strategies to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations. You also learn where to turn for help when you need it.

"The instructors were right; I used this within the first week after the training..."

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When you take a course*, you learn how to apply the Mental Health First Aid action plan in a variety of situations. Practicing through role plays, scenarios and activities makes it easier to apply these skills in a real-life situation. Mental Health First Aid covers the following: 

  • Common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges in this age group, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts
  • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis
  • Defusing crises
  • Combatting stigma of mental illness
  • Enabling early intervention through recognition of signs and symptoms
  • Connecting youth to care

*upon completing the course, you will receive a 3-year international certification through the National Council for Mental Wellbeing

SC Thrive is the leading training organization for Mental Health First Aid in South Carolina.

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