VOA program to teach first aid for mental health

From staff reports

Volunteers of America, Dakotas is offering a free training course to provide first aid to young people experiencing an emotional or mental crisis.

Anyone can take the eight-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid course, but it is targeted at adults who work with youths 12 and older. Teachers, coaches, leaders of faith communities and social workers would benefit.

The course teaches a five-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis and connect them with professional, peer, social or self-help care. Participants will be required to fill out a monthly survey to report data related to any referrals to service.

“The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance-use disorders,” said Michelle Majeres of VOA.

Free continuing education units are available, and the course also meets the one-hour suicide-prevention training required for teachers..

The training will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 at the VOA office at 1309 W. 51st St.

To register, contact Majeres at m.majeres@voa-dakotas.org or 444-6342.

VOA program to teach first aid for mental health

Volunteers of America, Dakotas is offering a free training course to provide first aid to young people experiencing an emotional or mental crisis.

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