Pawnee Receives Funding for Youth Mental Health First Aid

MHFA feb 2014The Tower Mental Health Foundation awarded The Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas $30,000 to fund staff training in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Program. Pawnee Mental Health Services received $1,000 of the funding from the Association of Community Mental Health Centers.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members,  teachers, school staff, 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, disorder, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders

For more information about Youth Mental Health First Aid contact our office (785) 587-4300.

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