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Youth Mental Health First Aid: MLS Special Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid: MLS Special Training

Just as CPR training helps a person with no clinical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training helps a person assist someone experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy, helping the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness. MHFA can help librarians become more empathetic, deescalate tense situations, and support patrons in-crisis. In March, the American Libraries Magazine featured a story, Mental Health First Aid: training librarians to support patrons in-crisis.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid course teaches adults who interact with adolescents the unique risk factors and warning signs of common mental health problems and gain an understanding of the importance of early intervention. Attendees will get certified as Youth Mental Health First Aiders upon successful completion of a brief test at the conclusion of the workshop. This workshop will increase your awareness of the mental health challenges facing youth. You will gain greater confidence in your ability to approach and assist young people developing signs of a mental health challenge, substance use, or an emotional crisis.

Please bring a bag lunch. We’ll break for a half an hour for lunch. Space is limited. Register asap.

Presenter: Stephanie Sunderland-Ramsey, Prevention Program Coordinator, Substance Abuse Prevention Collaborative, Wayside Multi Service Center, Watertown Youth Coalition


Due to the limited spots available, we cannot accommodate multiple registrants from the same library. If slots are available toward the end of the registration time, we will open those to others from the same library.

Learn more about other offerings in your area or how to find a MHFA trainer for your library at: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/.​

Since you will receive an official Mental Health First Aid certification upon successful completion of this workshop, the presenter needs to report your name and email to the National Council for Behavioral Health to send you an email notification for certification renewal in 2 years. The presenter recommends using your personal email for this workshop due to potential job changes or you will not receive future notifications. If you prefer not to share your email address, please contact Sarah Donnelly, MLS Event Coordinator, at sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org. Thank you very much.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm
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